A. Barton Hinkle on the Evolution of Big Government


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Government, an aggressive and complex multicellular organism, can be found in nearly every region and climate of the planet, including those such as North America where the natural habitat is often inhospitable. In order to thrive in such climates, government has evolved a variety of sophisticated survival strategies. These have enabled it to co-exist with, and often out-compete, other species. 

A full examination of these strategies falls beyond the scope of this paper, writes A. Barton Hinkle, but a brief summary should suffice to acquaint the lay reader with the more salient ones.