I was thinking about this question the other day in light of the new president elect in the united states and I thought it might make an interesting topic of discussion in the forums if anybody felt to inclined. The question has also come up in a couple of email correspondences with people recently.
So what do you think are the governments proper limits ? Is there any area of life that the government should not intrude into ? What does it mean for the government to get involved in something ?
As many of you can probably already guess I am inclined towards a position of the governments only proper role being in defense and law enforcement, with strong property rights etc, and maybe in the providing of some essential infrastructure like roads and the like.
Another question related to that, is what is an appropriate means for the government raising funds to do these works ? Again, as you can guess I am inclined to think Income Taxes are a bad idea, and that governments ideally should be limited to consumption oriented taxes only.
What do others think ? Comments on this post are disabled, but there is a link over to a forum post for the topic.