Liberty Discussion on “Who Needs Government”

Liberty Discussion is a program designed to engage and inform the core members on the ideas of market economy and classical liberal ideas. Discussions are made on the contemporary issues (local or national) through open market perspective. Article is selected and shared within the members to prepare oneself for the program. The program is organized at the venue of Bikalpa – an Alternative on every alternative Saturday (twice a month).

On 16 June 2018, the members of Liberty Discussion Group sat down at Bikalpa Office to discuss the article, Who Needs Government.

The discussion started with point that we cannot do every project alone.  For filling the gap, we recruit others to share the work and expense – and the benefits too, so that everyone thinks it worthwhile. While discussing about the practical cases of public goods, and we may well employ government to do the things that we consider important which the market does not deliver or delivers poorly. We vote, decide on the collective action, and then force everyone to share in it. Such as – banning their use of smoky fuels, for example, or taxing them to finance defense and public works. While some other participants disagreed to this argument and stated that rather than focusing on their work for which they are hired they are trying to enforce us.

Some of the participant forwarded that the collective choice of decision making will always hurt the minorities because most of the policy are made in their interest rather development. Moreover, there will be Compulsory taxes are imposed to fund government projects, activities or subsidies that minorities may resent paying for or even disapprove of bitterly.

The participants who believed that aid can work if reforms are made pointed that if aid agencies and government collaborate to identify necessities of the people and use aid money to fulfil those necessities without distorting the market, aid can definitely work. Further participant also discussed on Government Spending and Private Spending where they agreed on that Government doesn’t utilize public money as rationally as Individual spent in private life. Also, there is lack of incentives for voters to monitor government effectively which also stands as one of the major underpinnings of public choice theory.

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