Body of Public Servants
I want to do absolutely nothing for my government; just like I want to do nothing at all “for” my hammer or my laptop, except for keeping them in good working order. My government is a body of public servants, their payroll being sustained via the morally corrupt (and painfully necessary, for now) route of coercive taxation.
The government as we know it is a sad compromise, a troubling presence that has to be kept to minimum – not some kind of moral authority, embodiment of national spirit or democratic expression of our collective goodness. It is a machine, very unsafe in operation; a veritable mangler.
But both “liberals” and “conservatives” are all too happy to worship the same two-faced idol of statism. The left face twisted into the passive-aggressive feminine mask of the Nanny State, the right face – a stern, “patriotic” visage of the Big Brother.