A trial balloon was recently floated in the state of Utah. The government wants residents to register their gardens with the state. This is from the state’s website.
How much food do we produce in Utah? Registering 10,000 gardens is an opportunity to find that answer as well as display our agricultural heritage. This challenge shows our state residents connection to the land. We impart self-sufficiency and take pride in our community. Whether you grow a tomato in a pot, a row in a community garden, have backyard gardens, a CSA or working fruit and vegetable farm, we want to hear from you because you are an important resource as a food producer.
Is this Agenda 21 in action? Is this the first step in tomato confiscation? Or is it one more example of salaried bureaucrats who think that they need to know everything, since the government has taken on some of the attributes of God, but has not quite gotten all the way to omniscience? “We’re working on it.”
If the government cannot get to omniscience, how can it achieve omnipotence? These things take time and careful planning.
If the government were not allowed to gather statistics, it could not plausibly claim to be able to plan the economy. Murray Rothbard made this point over 50 years ago. It remains valid.
Governments rarely do anything with these statistics, but the fact that governments have them is part of a mindset. This mindset says that government bureaucrats are capable of efficient central planning. The would-be planners have an insatiable lust for statistics.
If your state asks you to register your garden, will you do it?
I plan to abstain.