What is the proper role of government?

In my latest poll, I asked what the proper role of government is, and deliberately slanted the answers to coincide with certain political party views. The results of the poll surprised me, and if you voted in the poll, this fact may well surprise you.

Much to my surprise, most people voted Neither in the poll, that they don’t believe government has a place either in people’s pocketbooks or their bedrooms. This corresponds most closely to the libertarian philosophy.

Contrast this to the usual philosophies espoused by the Republican and Democratic parties, also represented in the poll. I’ll let you guess which was which.

There’s also a new poll up. Enjoy!

26% To regulate the economy
1% To regulate people’s lives
7% Both
66% Neither

One thought on “What is the proper role of government?

  • February 28, 2006 at 12:52 pm

    Well, anyone who thinks that Nigeria, Chad, Liberia, Haiti, Paraguay, etc., are examples of “where government doesn’t get much involved” is so woefully ignorant of comparative government and the state of the world in general that he can only be pitied.

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