The Government is Not a Super Parent: Author James Payne on Six Political Illusions


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"The first thing [children] think about of government is that it is like a super parent," says author and Reason Magazine contributor James Payne. Payne points out that seeing government as having the virtues of a parent—wisdom, responsibility, money, unlimited funds for whatever you need—has lead to illusions about what role the government should be playing in our lives. 

Payne sat down to talk with Reason TV at Libertopia 2012 in San Diego, Calif. to discuss his book, Six Political Illusions: A Primer on Government for Idealists Fed Up with History Repeating Itself. 

Approximately 4:36 minutes. Interview by Zach Weissmueller. Camera by Alex Manning and Zach Weissmueller. Edited by Weissmueller.

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