Men in Government monopolize the necessary use of force

Men in Government monopolize the necessary use of force; they are not using their energies productively; they are not milking cows. To get butter, they must use guns; they have nothing else to use.

Rose Wilder Lane (1886-19680 ) American journalist, novelist and political writer.

Another way of phrasing Thomas Paine’s famous statement that government is simply a “necessary evil”. Yet certain men have convinced themselves that this type of service is somehow more noble than service provided within the private sphere.

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