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What should the purpose of government be?

People's Needs

Perhaps to support the people in fulfilling their needs as defined by Abraham Maslow's levels of need; survival, security, belonging, recognition and fulfilment. I have taken the liberty of merging "belonging" and "recognition" into "community".
  • Survival - Ensuring basic food and shelter is available for all. Ensuring a basic level of opportunity, healthcare and wealth is available to all.
  • Security - To promote security from attack. To protect the people in the society.
  • Community - To promote contact between individuals, effective networking. Equal opportunities.
  • Fulfilment - To assist the individual to fulfil there aspirations.
The implementation of these things could be divided into;
  • Resources - The management and allocation of resources within the society. Green Energy
  • Capability - To promote the development of capabilities in the people of the society (education) and assist in the application of those capabilities.
  • Law - The creation and enforcement of rules for the benefit of the people of the society, i.e. to defend the right of an individual to life, liberty, and property.
  • Infrastructure - transport.
  • Social security - health care and basic needs.
  • Trade - To maintain a financial system, the money supply and promote good economic structures within society.
  • Military - defence and offence.

Some Views

Bastiat asserted that the only purpose of government is to defend the right of an individual to life, liberty, and property. From this definition, Bastiat concluded that the law cannot defend life, liberty and property if it promotes socialist policies inherently opposed to these very things. In this way, he says, the law is perverted and turned against the thing it is supposed to defend.

"Tragedy and Hope - A History of the World in Our Time" By Carroll Quigley. "By the "organization of power" in a society we mean the ways in which obedience and consent (or acquiescence) are obtained. The close relationships between levels can be seen from the fact that there are three basic ways to win obedience: by force, by buying consent with wealth, and by persuasion."

Each of these three leads us to another level (military, economic, or intellectual) outside the political level. At the same time, the organization of power today (that is, of the methods for obtaining obedience in the society) is a development of the methods used to obtain obedience in the society in an earlier period.

"In order to obtain perspective we sometimes divide the culture of a society, in a somewhat arbitrary fashion, into several different aspects. For example, we can divide a society into six aspects: military, political, economic, social, religious, intellectual. Naturally there are very close connections between these various aspects; and in each aspect there are very close connections between what exists today and what existed in an earlier day."

Views of Government

Is government good for society?

Please watch the film before you read my comments below.

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Are we really farmed for our taxes? Who are the farmers? The government? If we got rid of the government then we would all be free, because the government rules by threat of violence, yet we are never violent unless enrolled to be by the government? Well it would appear so in this film because here all the police do is impose the rule of the state on people who would otherwise be free. I agree that the state can overstretch its self and often imposes more than it needs to, and often is simply bad, i.e. the war in Iraq. But there is a role for government in protecting the liberty of the people, maintaining the infrastructure etc. and most importantly stopping violence at many levels. Watch this;-

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Where is a document giving a specification of our government where is a document showing the design of our government, where are documents giving a technical analysis of the following issues, documents that are written by engineers not newspaper men.

If you know the answers to these questions please email me and I will include the links.



What should be under government control and what in private hands?
How should the boom bust game be curtailed, particularly in housing?
How should inflation be controlled?

To what extent do financial markets provide a suitable mechanism for control in society.


The population is still growing how should this be dealt with?
It does appear that in cultures where the old are taken care of people do seem to have less children.


It is said that at the moment every Joule of energy that we eat has taken 9 Joules of oil energy to create. In effect this means our food supplies currently depend on oil. It is suggested that the oil is used to make the chemical fertilisers that allow the intensive farming we do today.

How will the farms of tomorrow yield sufficient food supplies when the oil is taken away and when possibly more land may be required for production of biofuels?




Education provides a very narrow diet of basic

still fails to deal with



Much of the current human system is built on cheap transport. This will need to change. Will it happen by its self?



In assessing the potential of alternative energy systems the availability of cheap energy used in their creation may skew the results.

Fossil Fuels

Peak oil has passed, serious preparations to use alternatives, with full technical analysis should have been started years ago yet there still seems to be no government document that covers the detail.

Nuclear Power

A full assessment of the consequences of Fukushima must be available before other aspects can be assessed.

Solar Power

Wind Power

Hydro Power

R & D




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