Interest” is a myth. There is no public. The public is a myth.
There are only individuals. The “Common Good” is a myth. It does
not exist. Only individual people exist. When the government
regulates for the “public good”, you can be pretty certain that
some are paying for the good of others.
are you? Are you the Republican public or the Democrat one? When
the Republicans pass laws why do the Democrats object? When the
Democrats pass laws why do the Republicans object? This objection
is proof that interests are not common. They often conflict.
People tend to rationalize that their own values reflect the
"public's interest" and are good. They tend to dismiss conflicting
interests as selfish and bad.
may be popularly held. Others are more esoteric. But very few
– perhaps none - are universal or THE COMMON INTEREST. Not all
individuals have the same values or interests. It would be dreary
to live in such a world. Many interests and values exist. And
that is desirable as well as real. We individuals, all of us,
pursue our interests and values. Thus, we naturally value other
interests less. Diversity is good. It ensures choice. It makes
us human. It is inhuman to ascribe equal values and identical
interests to humans.
Is it not also
politically dangerous to act on the basis of a public good -
especially when such goods are imposed by law? As an individual
you may decide that it is good to help some other individual.
You might even volunteer to provide that help. Doing so would
then give you satisfaction. But when you are forced to provide
help that you would not want to provide voluntarily you tend
to resent the fact that you must do it anyway.
Resentment is the opposite of satisfaction. It would be human to
can only regulate your life and your property. That is no myth.
Your caring and your effort can not be legislated. Those qualities
can only be inspired – not required. And that makes all the
difference. Doesn’t it?
When you have more choice you have more liberty.
When you are left with less
choice you are left with less liberty. When
you have less liberty you tend to care less and apply less effort.
That benefits you less and costs everyone else as well. That
is no myth.