McElroy: Shrinking government through political means
government through political means is a fool’s errand; laws repealed
today can be reinstated tomorrow. Moreover, the State’s power does not
reside in the number of laws or agencies it creates; it does not depend
on its size. Power rests on social conditions such as how many people
respect the state’s authority. If a state loses its legitimacy, people
will resist taxes and cease to render blind obedience. Freedom demands
nothing so much as persuading others that 'the Emperor has no clothes.'"