What is a Statist?

3 Mar

“The Statist has an insatiable appetite for control.  His sights are set on his next meal even before he has fully digested his last.  He is constantly agitating for government action.  And in furtherance of that purpose, the Statist speaks in the tongue of the demagogue, concocting one pretext and grievance after another to manipulate public perceptions and build popular momentum for the divestiture of liberty and property from its rightful possessors.  The industrious, earnest, and successful are demonized as perpetrators of various offenses against the public good, which justifies governmental intervention on behalf of an endless parade of “victims.”  In this way, the perpetrator and the victim are subordinated to the government’s authority –the former by outright theft, the latter by a dependent existence.  In truth, both are made victims by the real perpetrator, the Statist.”

“Liberty and Tyranny” – Mark Levin

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