The Politicians We Need

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Lew Rockwell

By Laurence M. Vance

Fair Haven, Vermont, chartered in 1779, is a town of less than 3,000 people noted for its late nineteenth-century architecture. But this is not what makes the town unique.

Fair Haven operates under a council–manager government with a town manager and a five-member board to supervise the local government. There is no mayor. Instead, an animal is chosen as mayor every year in a ceremonial mayoral election. In 2020, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Murfee was elected as mayor. Last month, in a race that contained nineteen candidates—including dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and birds—the incumbent dog mayor was reelected to a second term.

This is just the kind of politicians we need.

With politicians like this, the government—

Won’t start wars.

Won’t order the bombing of other countries.

Won’t punish people for engaging in entirely peaceful, voluntary, and consensual actions that do not aggress against the person or property of others.

Won’t violate the non-aggression principle.

Won’t subsidize anything.

Won’t regulate business or industry.

Won’t ban substances.

Won’t take people’s resources against their will, by force if necessary, and transfer or redistribute them to other citizens or foreigners.

Won’t violate property rights.

Won’t require vaccine passports.

Won’t control prices.

Won’t lock people in cages for possessing too much of a plant.

Won’t impose protective tariffs.

Won’t require occupational licensing.

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