I think this is worrying and reinforces my problem with the self-described progressive movement in the country (I'm totally fine with liberals). There's a tendency to focus on what the state could do with power as opposed to what the state in fact tends to do with power.
I'm not an anarchist and indeed believe we need a state capable of providing an infrastructure for human liberty and prosperity. However, when given power, the government doesn't often do these things. Instead it spies on its own citizens, kills people without due process, incarcerates millions for non-violent political crimes, protects the interests of the rich and well connected, and goes to war creating all manner of human catastrophe for no good reason. Even those programs to help the weak that were implemented in bygone eras are now themselves put on the chopping block by supposedly left of center politicians.
Personally I've never understood how people can see believing in big government for its own sake as liberal, particularly when powerful government is itself often one of the greatest sources of illiberal policies in this country. Further, the bureaucratization of human life isn't any sort of means to attain happiness. The state is a tool, but it's a blunt one whose means and motives should always be severely scrutinized, regardless of whether the head of the executive branch is a well-spoken cosmopolitan or a Texan with a twang.
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