Woodford Foundation for Limited Government

Six Political Illusions, by James L. Payne and published by Lytton Publishing Company in 2010, describes various ways that people have confidence that government is the only problem solver in society (The Philanthropic Illusion, The Voluntary Illusion, The Illusion of the Frictionless State, The Materialistic Illusion, The Watchful Eye Illusion and the Illusion of Government Preeminence). Payne shows that this confidence in government is grossly misplaced and that society's other problem solving mechanism is the "sum of all the individuals and groups working in their diverse ways to make the world around them better." He labels this the "voluntary sphere" which in many cases does the job much better. (page 103).