Posted by Brad @ 1:40 pm on July 10th 2013

I Need Help With My Manifesto

So I tend to think in terms of talking at stuff. If I have a thought, instead of crystallizing it succinctly I’ll put it one way, then restate it in a slightly different way, then restate it again in another slightly different way, etc. It’s not redundancy, per se, but rather me trying to make sure every shade of thought and every shade of meaning is accounted for. I’ll define an abstraction like a black hole – since I feel unable to precisely measure the thing, I’ll instead throw a lot of measurements at everything around it so once you wade through all the noise you get a picture of the thing itself. Just a tic I have I guess.

In tandem with that, I’m increasingly feeling that the rules and incentives governing government are so obvious, and yet so routinely ignored, that it’d be worth summing them up succinctly. In an almost Newtonian sense, I feel like the laws governing how our government operates are definable and undeniable and people just choose to ignore them. I fully understand how that sounds – I’d imagine Ted Kaczynski felt the same way. But in any event, I’m getting interesting in starting to set down some Newtonian Laws of American government.

Here are two obvious, and succinct ones.

1. Authority granted to a government over you is never granted back, and is almost always expanded upon in ways not originally intended.

2. Kip’s Law: The advocate of central planning always – always – imagines himself as the central planner.

So, I’ve got two more to add that have been germinating, but I’m having trouble putting them in a sentence because, well, it’s me. I recently posted about both, and would like help developing a one sentence summation of each.

3. This post. Maybe: “When you allow the government to do something in one area, it will learn to do it in all areas”. But that doesn’t feel quite right?

4. This post. And I’ve no real suggestion there, but it boils down to that second blockquote. Basically, people support things based on the value of the thing and not the cost that supporting it renders to other things? I dunno.

Anyone want to take a crack?


  1. Three initial thoughts:
    Don’t call it a manifest because Unibomber.
    Never use always.
    Always avoid using never.

    Expanding on that.. I just don think they are ironclad rules. Government ahs on many occasions relinquished power through generally peaceful pushback and political maneuvering. I think I mentioned in a previous post of yours on this deregulation, the end of reconstruction, winding down of powers assumed during the civil, first and second world wars. Now I get where you are coming from, but I don’t think these rules are nearly so definable in such stark and unyielding language.

    Comment by Jack — 7/10/2013 @ 4:54 pm

  2. Yeah but always and never because, manifesto.

    Comment by Brad — 7/10/2013 @ 5:58 pm

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