I love freedom and capitalism and I don't think we have enough of either. Consider for example that one of our basic freedoms is to own property and to be secure in that property from seizure. Now consider that we don't truly have that freedom at all. We must pay a property tax and if we don't, our property is seized. That means that we do not have true ownership of our property; rather, it is lent to us by the government. So long as we honor the tax, we can keep our property. I read about this point in a book called "Heiland" and it really shook me up. It went on to talk about how we really don't have the true freedoms we think we have because we have allowed the government to treat our freedoms as priveledges that they give to us. We can't own a business, we have to have a license. We can't drive, we have to have a license. We can't get married, we have to have a license. We are as far away from the land our founding fathers intended as North Korea is away from being a republic.
As fired up as I get about things like that, when I am given a choice as to what type of government I would set up, I always choose a socialist dictatorship. Over the Christmas break, I spent a lot of time playing a game called Rise of Nations - Thrones and Patriots. If you like Age of Empires, you'll love Rise of Nations. In Rise of Nations, as you build your cities, you get to choose what type of government you want, do you want a republic or a dictatorship. I choose a dictatorship. Then you get to choose whether or not you want to have a socialist or capitalist economic system. I choose socialist. When I am in a war situation I turn away from my principles and try to become a Napoleon or Caesar. I like the idea of a little guy with a little gold crown sitting in a jeep commanding the massive forces I have amassed. Having a CEO in a suit doing the same thing just doesn't work, visually.
After writing this, I can never run for office.