Ideally, people should be free to sell and buy and develop land as they please, provided that nobody violates anyone else’s equal God-given rights in the process of doing so—and political systems should intervene ONLY to help defend rights from aggression while otherwise allowing people to remain free (and NOT to seize control of every aspect of the development process).
So, it’s sad that Provo’s municipal government has gradually become so controlling about development within its jurisdiction, which has needlessly impeded such development from taking place. In response to such concerns, Mayor Kaufusi has decided to act, not to alleviate municipal intervention into the local economy, sadly, but to increase the efficiency of that intervention. Government efficiency is always a challenging goal—it’s achievable, yes, but it’s also the rare-and-fleeting exception to the rule, whereas the exact opposite is true of the private sector. Moreover, although efficiency is definitely a good goal in general, doing the wrong thing more efficiently isn’t as worthy of a goal as doing the right thing instead.
And the right thing is a city government limited as best as possible to its proper role of rights-defense, rather than one that seeks to run the economy, which is the only to way for Provo to remain such a marvelous place to live. If you agree, then please help rally, inform, and organize your neighbors to vote better in this year’s municipal elections. And you’re welcome to use our website for that purpose if it helps.
- Provo Daily Herald: “Mayor Kaufusi announces new department during State of the City address with the goal to stay competitive with other cities” (2019 Feb 19)
- Free Provo: Problems: Envisioning Statism: Dictating Development
- Free Provo: Solutions: Improving Our Electoral Options
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