Get Email Updates
Demented Diary
Going Wodwo
Crochet Lady
Dan Gent
Sky Friday
Kindle Daily Deal
Email Me

Admin Password

Remember Me

2409724 Curiosities served
Share on Facebook

The Purpose of Government
Previous Entry :: Next Entry

Read/Post Comments (3)

Out of the clear blue, apropos of nothing at all, my spouse asked me, "What is the purpose of government?" Turns out that he wanted to pick my brain for this book he is supposedly writing.

However, his question got me to thinking--What IS the purpose of government? The ultimate purpose of government, as I see it, is to allow groups of people to live together in peace, following their own purposes and achieving their own goals.

I have a minimalist view in this. Government should exercise its power only for limited operational purposes--to secure justice, to ajudicate conflicting claims, to undertake for public works which benefit the community at large, to provide for security inside and outside the polity. In other words, to provide the opportunity for the individual's enjoyment of life, the exercise of liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Anything more is interference at best, tyranny at the worst.

Think about it: one man, living alone, doesn't need a government. One or two or three families in a group will naturally have a leader, but not a government per se. By the time you have six to 10 families living in a small village, you need a government--a headman (or woman) to negotiate conflicts and to allocate joint resources.

It gets far more complicated as you go from tribe all the way through kingdom to nationalism, but the basic concept is the same. Government exists to serve the people. Through all the distortions of greed and religion, that principle still holds.

Read/Post Comments (3)

Previous Entry :: Next Entry

Back to Top

Powered by JournalScape © 2001-2010 JournalScape.com. All rights reserved.
All content rights reserved by the author.