The Dangers of Centralized Control

Pat McGeehan
Campaign for Liberty

Liberty can only be maintained when government is properly restrained. This concept is fairly simple. It has taken centuries, but government power has concentrated — albeit slowly — into the hands of a select few. And thus, it comes as no surprise that many Americans cannot conceive of the notion that our very own government can become destructive to the citizens it once existed to serve. The centralization of this power is growing at an exponential rate, and, as of now, will only become more “important.” Thus, it is fitting that we examine the threats an environment like this creates.        

When it comes to America, the federal government is of a different sort. After all, how often can people walk across the street and knock on their congressman’s door to ask “Hey, why did you vote yes last week on that house resolution?” The hypothetical is laughable — many Americans hardly recognize their representatives’ name, let alone have access to their ear. But ignorance is not the focus of my point-centralized control is.        

Stronger community reliance offsets the central authority and it serves as the best “check” on distant power. The federal government equals centralized control, and left unchecked its only service is to render liberty obsolete. Freedom is inversely proportional to the size of our central government, and can be expressed mathematically. When centralized government incrementally increases, liberty decreases. If freedom is the root of America, then conversely the federal government is the root of its oppression.

Centralized control provides this oppression a venue on a massive scale, so that when this nationalized entity acts (and it currently does at an exponential rate), it touches the lives of every American.

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