To Be Governed...


"To be governed is to be watched, inspected, directed, indoctrinated, numbered, estimated, regulated, commanded, controlled, law-driven, preached at, spied upon, censored, checked, valued, enrolled, by creatures who have neither the right, nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so."

—Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

"To Be Governed" is a series of news clippings highlighting the excesses of government. The feature is included in each issue of Cato's bimonthly publication Cato Policy Report.


(Last Updated: June, 2000)

Follow the bouncing logic

It does seem that Juan Miguel Gonzalez is going to be granted the right to raise his son where and how he likes, and those who are troubled by the prospect of Elian returning to a country ruled by an unsavory head of state would do well to remember that the official observance of Fatherís Day was inaugurated by Richard Nixon.

--Rebecca Mead in the New Yorker, June 19 & 26, 2000

The government has $1.8 trillion and 1.4 million armed troops, and Microsoft has, let's see . . .

"Microsoft and the government are perfect opponents," observed David Boies, the government's lead trial lawyer. "The government has some power, but Microsoft has at least as much."

--New York Times, June 9, 2000