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How many Republicans subvert the Party's principle of small government

They engage in and tolerate antisocial behavior. Conservatism’s core small-government principle holds that people will act responsibly if unfettered by government regulation. This principle depends on self-government, and those who don’t govern themselves must be governed. The more crimes we have, the more cops we need. However, far too many Republicans don’t govern themselves. For example, some spread falsehoods to undermine support for opponents. Unfortunately, not enough Republicans speak out against these kinds of “dirty tricks.” Bad behavior encourages the public to think that more government regulation is needed. When people witness bad behavior, they often think, “There oughta be a law…” So Republicans, by behaving badly, undermine the very principle they espouse.


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