Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What Government is Not

The definition of government has become needlessly complex.

In its purest form, government's purpose is to enforce social peace and defend its citizens. To that end, governments maintain law enforcement agencies and military armed forces. It establishes the limits of civil liberty by defining criminal acts. In other words, it legislates how we are allowed to deal with each other.

What government is not is a supporter of individual freedom. Government by definition deals with the greater good of the society as a whole, as defined by its own influence. Individual freedom is often, too often, at odds with social good. In morality, finances, and social relationship, individual freedom often diverges from "social justice."

Government is not interested in "social justice" beyond exercising its power over the populace to maintain the illusion it is interested in "social justice." A happy populace is easier to control than an unhappy and if the populace believes the government is being fair, they remain happy. "Social justice" is a term used by statists to elevate governmental judgment over individual freedom. It is a term favored by people more concerned with short term issues than with long-term consequences of incurred debt or badly researched regulation.

Government is not interested in educating the populace. An educated populace is difficult to control. It questions government decisions, debates government legislations, and in extreme cases will act to remove the government itself. 

Government is not interested in reducing debt. Government is not in the business of earning money because it can simply print the money it needs. "Debt" to government is a null term. Usage of the term is an expedient tool to manipulate the populace into accepting heavier taxation and larger, more expansive, more intrusive government.

Finally, government is not about personal welfare. It is about influence over, regulation on, control of, and management of citizens. No one should develop dependence on such an entity for their livelihood or emotional/social well-being.