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Matt Welch on the Intolerant State

Sometimes, government is the things centralizers choose for us.

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Credit: White House

"Government is simply the name we give to the things we choose to do together." That quote, usually attributed to former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, is one of those rare political statements of equal use to opposite sides of America's bitter ideological divide. Matt Welch reflects on the recent government shutdown and suggests that sometimes, government is the things centralizers choose for us.