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The Trouble with Limited Government

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Publication Date: February 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): William Voegeli

Series: Heritage Lecture

Topic: Government (Central or federal government)
Politics (Politics)

Keywords: Thought; limited government; Voegeli

Type: Speech

Coverage: United States


Despite their best efforts, conservatives have not reduced the size and scope of government so much as slowed its rate of growth over the past several decades. Conservatives who want to fight for limited government need to answer the question, "Limited by what?" Historically, American government was limited by the principle that it existed only to secure our natural rights.