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“We need the courage to stop our ears to the siren song of big government.” writes Josiah Brown for Maxim Institute in his article “Ask not what your government can do for you”.
The state’s limitations in addressing societal issues were clearly evident in this year’s election debates.
Despite the phrase “In government we trust,” questioning the extent of state involvement is of great importance.
Rising societal problems like increased benefit reliance, falling education standards, and a surge in gang memberships persist, and yet grow despite ever growing government spending.
Brown says the answer for New Zealand lies in promoting personal responsibility. Communities, not the government, must play the pivotal role of offering a hand-up rather than handouts, fostering self-reliance and resilience.
“The lesson we should take from decades of big government spending is this: we cannot buy our way out of this mess, which (ironically) has gotten worse the more we spend.”
Read the full story over at Maxim Institute