Power Against People - A Christian Critique of the State (web publication)

The dangers of too much government power

In the 21st IEA Discussion Paper, Philip Vander Elst explains how the moral and material progress of human societies has been directly related to their success in curbing the power of government and releasing the creative and altruistic energies of individuals.

Ever since that period in European history known as the ‘18th century Enlightenment,’ the idea has firmly taken root in Western culture that the power of the State should be harnessed and mobilised for beneficial purposes. Whether the objective has been the elimination of poverty or the education of the people, the furtherance of social harmony or the achievement