16 November 2006
Editor, The Wall Street Journal
New York, NY 10281
Re "Pelosi and Pork"
Reflecting on the recent election, I conclude that people can
be divided into three groups. Members of the first group (consisting of
left-liberals and some conservatives) imagine that society is a consciously
created machine requiring an operator and a bevy of busy technicians to keep it
working properly. Members of the second group (consisting of libertarians and
some conservatives) understand that society is a complex and undesigned organism
that, when rules of private property are well-enough entrenched, works quite
well according to its own logic – a working that is typically disrupted for the
worse by government meddling.
The third group is made up of politicians
and their hangers-on: they see society as a she-goat to be milked for their own
power and glory.
Donald J. Boudreaux