A year before ObamaCare was signed into law, this article by Dr. John W. Robbins appeared in his newsletter, Trinity Review: “The Ethics and Economics of Health Care.”
He wrote it in 1994, in response to Hillary Clinton’s attempt design a law establishing federal heath care. He wrote:
This brings us to the central recognition that government is force. Two centuries ago George Washington warned that government is not reason nor eloquence, but force. Like fire, government is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. The United States is operating under the delusion that government is benevolent by nature and that public officials act only in the public interest.
Dr. Robbins did not live long enough to see this article in print. He died in 2008.
He and I occupied the same small office on Capitol Hill in the summer and fall of 1976. We were on Ron Paul’s staff. He was the legislative analyst. I was the weekly newsletter writer and staff economist.
I wrote his obituary here: http://www.garynorth.com/public/3883.cfm.