Cannibals At The Pot
“When you have a federal government noses into nearly every facet of day-to-day life, I suppose it only makes sense that everyone with more at stake than a lemonade stand would feel the need to set up an office in Washington.”
(Balko, on cannibal culture)
Of course. All this is dictated by the logic of collectivism. A necessary implication of collectivism is that something like “rights” belongs to those who can dispose the rights of others. In this whole political context, there is no such thing as “the public”: that is simply a misgrappled finite number of individual human beings. So long as their individual values are subject to the force of government, it becomes a matter of survival to win the privilege of being (or at least being known as) “the public” where the action is. The more that everyone is living at the expense of everyone else (see Bastiat), the more important it becomes to make sure that you’re not thrown in the pot, because somebody will be.