Government tasks: The tasks that government carries out using tax money.
Voluntary collective: People supporting a cause who come together, pool money and work for the cause. Unlike the taxes collected by government under threat of a gun, the contribution to the collective is entirely voluntary. Example: Ramkrishna Mission, Resident Welfare Associations, etc.
I prefer to restrict the government to only those tasks which need some form of coercion or force. Like police, military, judiciary, community discipline in case of pandemic etc. I want to explain the above with some examples:
|Impoverished seniors||Voluntary collective.|
|Long term pandemic management||Government|
|Public schools/primary education||Ideally voluntary collective. If government must come, let it only fund educational vouchers. The school should be run with profit motive by private entrepreneurs.|
|UBI||নৈব নৈব চ|
|Bail out industry||Definitely NOT government. Industry should create its own rainy day buffer.|
|Non intrusive testing/tracing capabilities for pandemic management||Ideally government as this is public-health-issue. But I cannot imagine any government building a tracking/tracing capability which it won't misuse by invading into citizen privacy. Honouring privacy requires ethics of the highest order, and no government can maintain high ethics.|
None of the ideas is my original. It is a synthesis of ideas that I picked up over the years from Swaminomics, Atanu Dey, Gurucharan Das, Paul Graham, Ayn Rand, Amlan Dutta, Ashok Desai.