A Call for Metapolitics

With all the rancor de jure surrounding the President’s budget and budget cuts, I find it a good opportunity to bring up the concept of what I’ve called metapolitics – the concept of discussing the nature of government and law.

The discussion from both sides of the political spectrum seem to emanate from the premise that the government’s current scope and responsibility is A-OK, but curiously, seems to cost too much. So, then, the solutions are simply monetary in nature. They include consolidating duplicative government agencies and targeting waste and inefficiencies. While these aims are admirable, they fall short of the real conversation needed in this country: metapolitics.

The American federal government has outgrown its purpose, outspent its allowance, and over burdened its constituency. It has engulfed quadrants of Americans’ lives unwelcomingly with Health Care mandates. It has carried the torch of deficit spending to even more horrendous levels by subsidizing irresponsible businesses and flagrantly tossing taxpayer money into economic “stimulus” projects based on the defunct theory of Keynesianism.

We need a new conversation that begins with “why?” not “how?”. Why should the government be involved in markets A or regulate business B? Why should the government pass law X or subsidize industry Y? Why, not how.

What are your thoughts on the nature of government?

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  1. Michael Caution says:

    I agree more needs to be said about the nature and purpose of gov’t by journalists, politicians, and citizens. This discussion of metapolitics as you call it was highlighted by Ayn Rand in her discussion of individual rights as being “a logical transition from the principles guiding an individual’s actions to the principles guiding his relationship with others. . . the link between the moral code of a man and the legal code of a society, between ethics and politics.” This relationship was also highlighted by Leonard Peikoff by the hierarchical structure of discussion in his book Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand.

    Rights come prior to politics and gov’t they flow naturally from man’s identity as a rational animal and his ethical requirements to live a proper life. Rights aren’t granted by gov’t since we already possess our rights (nor are they granted by god). Gov’ts are instituted in order to protect these rights.

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