People are bad, so...

March 1, 2013 2:52 PM ~  
How many times have you been talking to someone about the principles of a free society and the ideas of liberty, and they come at you with an objection like this:
"Yeah, but we can't really let people make up their own minds on <insert issue here> because that would be anarchy(sic)! Bad people would just abuse everyone else! If people were perfect angels, then OK, maybe. But people are bad, so we need leaders and government."

When I hear this, I want to bang my head against a brick wall, because to me the logic is simplified as this:
"People are bad so we need a government of people."

Anyone see the problem here?

Here's a great quote from Frederic Bastiat about this situation: