Our Own Petty Tyrants

Don Boudreaux writes in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

In this sweet land of liberty it is surprising how readily we modern Americans let others rule us. I’m not talking about Americans letting some foreign government rule us. That won’t happen anytime soon. There’s no risk that, say, we will quietly surrender to an invading army sent from the likes of Moscow or Beijing.

I’m talking about being ruled by homegrown politicians and petty tyrants who butt their noses into the sizes of our toilets, the amount of salt we consume and countless other provinces of our daily lives.

Indeed, why should being oppressed by a local or national government be any less humiliating than being oppressed by a foreign power? Why?

Also read: An essay I wrote in August, The Republic of Apathy.