This is my comment on this article on Libertarian Home. After 6 or 7 attempts at posting it with no success, I remembered I have my own blog and I don’t have to put up with this “Invalid Security Token” bullshit. Anyway, as it’s about “limited government”, it’s not out of place here:
The question is: Why would an ideal libertarian government need a libertarian constitution? Why would it need a bit of paper telling it not to do what it wouldn’t do in any case?
Obviously, it wouldn’t; only non-libertarian governments would, – but these governments will do exactly what democratic values demand of them. That is, they will ignore, change, reinterpret, make additions to, etc, etc, that bit of paper that forbids them from doing what they need to do to stay in power. They may even throw out the old, undemocratic constitution altogether, and draw up a new one more in keeping with “public opinion”, or “the national feeling”, or “the requirements of a modern civilized society”, or whatever, that will allow them to do what they were going to do anyway. And, in reality , a libertarian government would do exactly the same thing.
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