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There’s Nothing Inherently Good or Bad about Small or Big Government

For the latter part of the 20th century and all of this century, Americans have railed against the “evils of big government.” Barry Goldwater, the 1964 Republican nominee for President, was the first national politician to carry the torch for small government. Goldwater was a vocal opponent of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, rejected the New Deal, and advocated for

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The Case Against Big Government

The arguments for small government are obvious and common sensical to many Americans. Henry David Thoreau (not Jefferson, as is often erroneously thought) said pithily: “That government is best which governs least.” Resistance to larger government can be traced from America’s Founding Fathers all the way through to the avatar of modern conservatism, Ronald Reagan, who famously railed against big

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