July 2, 2014

Government Against… Libraries?

By In Blogs, C.Jay Engel

A nine year old built (with his dad and grand dad) a library for Mother’s Day.  The city shut it down because it doesn’t meet code.

The question is sometimes asked: “without government, how could we have libraries??!!”

This is a bad question.  The better question is: “without government, who would shut down the libraries?”

Written by C.Jay Engel

Editor and creator of The Reformed Libertarian. Living in Northern California with his wife, he writes on everything from politics to theology and from culture to economic theory. You can send an email to reformedlibertarian@gmail.com
  • Patrick T. McWilliams

    Isn’t there some validity to a town ordinance? Where do we draw the line?

    • cjayengel

      It’s possible to have such validity, given the type of ordinance. But it used to be that a family could build a small building without the government forcing them to tear it down. Think about the Colonial times or the Old West. Their materials and structures were not nearly as solid as our standards today, and yet they did fine. Government shouldn’t be going around doing building inspections. Just let the kid be.