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  Government (state) under Capitalism - What is the role of government under capitalism?
A proper government's only responsibility is to protect the rights of the individual, by banning the initiation of force, thus making all relations between men peaceful, i.e., free from the threat of violence and fraud.
However, a proper government is not permitted to copy the means of private criminals by initiating force against its citizens.
The government is not even permitted to rob them of their wealth--even, or rather especially, if the stolen loot is to be used for so called "noble" purposes, such as for the sick and poor.
www.capitalism.org /faq/government.htm   (1045 words)

 Purpose of government - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
One of the central questions of political philosophy is the purpose of government.
One common formulation is that the purpose of the state is to protect rights and to preserve justice.
Stateless capitalism argues that taxes are theft, that government and the business community complicit in governance is organized crime and is equivalent to the criminal underworld, and that defense of life and property is just another industry, which must be privatized.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/The_purpose_of_government   (611 words)

 ISTPP: Perfect Government
As a consequence, political scientists and government leaders have been left on their own to devise social programs and government policies on the basis of what are essentially 19th century principles.
The purpose of these governments was to help coordinate the functioning of society, to preserve social order, and otherwise facilitate the purpose of society, which is the happiness and growth of its members.
While governments and civilizations have increased in size and complexity, the fundamental purpose of government remains the same -- the growth and happiness of its citizens.
www.istpp.org /Perfect_Government.htm   (1715 words)

 Rediscovering George Washington . Classroom: The Theory of the American Founding, Part Three | PBS
The Declaration goes on to state the purpose of government: "That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..." Since all men possess equal rights by nature, the purpose of government is to secure those rights.
Society is best governed by the rule of law, rather than the arbitrary will of men, because law represents the reason of men divorced from the passions of men, and it aims at the common good of all citizens, not the good of one man or one group of citizens.
If the purpose of government is to protect the rights of citizens, and all citizens possess equal rights by nature, then the government must treat citizens equally by passing general laws.
www.pbs.org /georgewashington/classroom/theory3_2.html   (999 words)

 Barbelith Underground > Head Shop > The Purpose of Government
Aside from that, there is essentially no law that a government could pass without being able to appeal to its necessity in their charge of encouraging the creation of wealth, happiness, and fairness.
Under this form of Government, the sole purpose is to provide an ability for the citizen to survive and live a life according to their moral or intellectual sense of freedom.
It's my premise that in de-centralized government, it's primary function would be to provide cohesive structure to the whole, and that areas of coersion in which it would be necessary to involve itself would be the maintenance of it's own de-centraalization through protecting individual freedoms.
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 The Necessity of Government
Government is necessary to ensure the proper use of force.
The purpose of government is to protect the individual rights of its citizens.
Since individuals involved in an incident are not likely to be objective, it is the government's job to judge the individual use of force by its citizens.
www.importanceofphilosophy.com /Politics_NecessityOfGovernment.html   (233 words)

 Learn About Congress: Lesson Plans for Teachers
The student explains that the purpose of government is to promote the general welfare and safety of its citizens.
The student explains that the purpose of government is to promote the general welfare and safety of its citizens, explains how the United States government fulfills its purpose, and describes the role of government in his or her life.
The student describes the purpose of government, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, evaluates how the ideals set forth in the Declaration of Independence helped shape American society, and explains whether or not these ideals are still present in the current government.
congress.indiana.edu /lesson_plans/od_rubric.php   (1997 words)

 The Free Liberal: Hurricanes and the Moral Purpose of Government
The concept of a “moral purpose of government” implies the existence of a unique morality that is universal to humanity, otherwise the justification for government would arbitrarily depend on the local culture.
Government is people, and the people of government are not magically endowed with any greater moral status just because they wear a crown or are flanked by flags or have a picture of an eagle behind them.
The failure to understand the moral purposes of government is the fundamental cause of the racial imbalances, the vulnerableness of the poor, and the failure to adequately rescue people from the Katrina catastrophe.
www.freeliberal.com /archives/001475.html   (830 words)

 Types of Government
This is the type of government that we have in the United States.
This early form of self-government is one of the fundamental purposes of government.
A constitution states the purposes of government, tells how it is organized, and explains what the government can and cannot do.
www.jburgd12.k12.il.us /jjhs/Wbt/Foundations/govtypes.htm   (1300 words)

 Who Decides - Comparing Governments
In the beginning most all governments were monarchies, but today there are a variety of ways that countries are governed.
You and a partner will review the purpose (role) of government in the development of civilization, Investigate three characteristics of eight government systems that are practiced today, Classify these governments as either limited or unlimited, and create a skit comparing and contrasting life in a limited government system and an unlimited system.
Review the purpose (role) of government in the development of civilization and discuss your thoughts on the purpose of government today.
faculty.goucher.edu /jcampf/btipper/WhoDecidesComparingGovernments.htm   (594 words)

 Jesustians: Corrupted Government
The social ethical purpose of government in a substantive democracy is to facilitate the quality-of-living of all persons in that society, that critically pivots on providing vital public services.
Such a government would make sure, for example, that every human being in the society has access to food, clothing, shelter, social housing, healthcare, and a protected environment toward a high quality of survival.
Government in Canada, and internationally, under the ethos of Corporate Globalization, is being pressured by various interests who have been corrupted by the worship of capitalism.
www.jesustians.com /corrupted_government.htm   (269 words)

 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution/High School Level   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
You should be able to explain why a government with a constitution is not necessarily a constitutional government, and be able to identify alternative models of government that the Founders had to choose from.
Government should be designed or organized to limit its powers in order to protect individual rights and thus reduce the need for such extreme measures.
It is possible to have a constitutional government with one ruler, a group of rulers, or rule by the people as a whole, so long as those in power obey the limitations placed on them by the "higher law" of the constitution.
www.civiced.org /wtp_hs02_sb.html   (2804 words)

 Government - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In many countries (particularly those having parliamentary systems), the government refers to the executive branch of government or a specifically named executive, such as the Blair government (compare to the administration as in the Bush administration in U.S. usage).
Oligarchies are governments where political power is held by a small group of individuals who share similar interests with each other.
Within a territory, subnational entities may have local governments which do not have the full power of a national government (for example, they will generally lack the authority to declare war or carry out diplomacy).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Government   (1085 words)

 The Purpose of Government by Pastor Art Kohl
It was the Lord who instituted the government, the church and the family.
Government has been intruding into family business for 30-40 years, creating a generation of Americans dependent on government rather than on each other.
The purpose of Government is to punish evil doers.
www.fbbc.com /messages/kohl_government.htm   (548 words)

 The Purpose of Government - AllRPG.com Forums   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The purpose of government is to fulfill the needs of the collective populous.
Government protects the people from other governments, and from themselves, and in order to protect the people from the government, it should be composed of the people.
I believe that all other things should be handled by the people independently of the government, and the government attempting to do any more than these three things is an example of the government overstepping it's bounds.
www.allrpg.com /forums/showthread.php?p=478116   (3022 words)

 Letters to the Editor » Argenta officials forget the purpose of government
Government is at all times responsible to the people who have a right to change it if they are not satisfied with it.
Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
Everyone has the right to oppose, question and complain against the authority of governments, and the government itself without the fear of being labeled, thrown on lists, publicly scorned and threatened by those they oppose.
www.herald-review.com /blogs/letterstotheeditor/?p=1373   (326 words)

 Tales of Ethernight - Purpose of Government
A long time ago I posed the question, "What is the purpose of government?" Then I promptly forgot to follow up.
The speaker put forth the theory that at the root of many of the political problems we have today is a fundamental disagreement on the purpose of government.
Others believe that the purpose of government is to create the kind of society we as a people agree we would like to have, and that our rights are granted by the government only as they adhere to this goal.
ethernight.livejournal.com /295537.html   (205 words)

 N-Philes :: Forums - Purpose of Government: Your thoughts?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Purpose - To have the power to lead a nation, strong or weak and fulfill it's duties and be able to carry out it's laws in an even system.
Government, I think, shouldn't be foucused too much on internal security and policy making however, this should be left up to the general population.
The purpose of government is to destroy everything that isn't being directly controlled by the government, while maximizing the liquid worth of everyone in control of it.
www.n-philes.com /forums/showthread.php?t=29355   (1184 words)

 Government's Proper Purpose
The more laws government makes in attempt to control, the more laws they make to rectify the situations they have caused with their original laws.
This is the task of the government- of a proper government- its basic task, its only moral justification and the reason why men do need a government.
A government is the means of placing the retalitory use of physical force under objective control- i.e.
www.angelfire.com /ego/objectivism/government.html   (1078 words)

 Highlights of Purpose of Government Discussion
the Founder’s belief in the PURPOSE of government.
The principle purpose of government is to “regularize” relationships according to the covenant of God.
The authority of God is delegated to the people of the covenant, who, in turn delegate, in appropriate measure, the necessary authority to the government (whether to king, parliament, Congress, or ???).
www.lawandliberty.org /purpose.htm   (1288 words)

 The Role of Government in Society
When I ask people what the purpose of government is, or what the essence of government enterprise is, they frequently shrug their shoulders.
A government needing lots of children to fight future wars will discourage prostitution because "prostitutes are the scabs who underbid the union wage." And we all know that gambling is evil--unless, of course, it fills the treasury directly.
However, because the type of government the founders advocated so closely resembled the democracy that many of them opposed, we should not be surprised to find that many changes have been made, all in the name of the original intent of the founders.
www.fluxneo.com /llbarnhart/farmboybk/ch05.htm   (13779 words)

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Explain that the purposes of government in the United States are to protect the rights of individuals and to promote the common good.
The purpose of a particular constitution is a lesser question than the purpose of government.
The government of the United States was founded on the assertion that the primary purpose of its government is to secure and protect the rights of individuals...Speaking for the United States government in an address to the United Nations [on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights], a ranking state department official [said]:
www.edwatch.org /updates/Diversity/govtsrole.htm   (2242 words)

 The Purpose of Government | That Good Night
To put the finest point possible on it, the policy of the current government is the eliminate the government.
It is rather like the phenomenon of prison guards who begin to blame the prisoners for forcing them to become prison guards and grow to despise the prisoners because of it.
According to the declaration, government "derives its just powers from the consent of the governed," and that when government becomes destructive to the ends of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.
www.thatgoodnight.com /archives/000110.html   (628 words)

 Andrew Olmsted dot com: The Purpose of Government
The government spends too much of our money, so someone suggests that all our elected representatives be constrained by term limits to reduce the incentives they have to use powers like earmarking to cling to power.
The government is corrupted by campaign contributions, so someone creates an interest group to create the impression of a groundswell of support for campaign finance reform.
American government is supposed to be of the people, by the people, for the people.
andrewolmsted.com /archives/001248.html   (1186 words)

They see voting as a duty, and they, like many of their parents, see government as playing a relatively minor role in their daily lives.
The purpose to this activity, used during the early part of the school year in a required secondary government class, is to begin the process of helping students visualize the government of Canada as a very important part of their everyday existence --- a part which they can impact.
Identify, from their list, which are the result of national government, provincial government, and/or local government.
www.angelfire.com /ak/teacherpage/gov1.html   (529 words)

 SportbikeS.com: The Purpose of Government   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The purpose of government is to preserve peace and protect the people from threats both external (war) and internal (murder, rape, robbery, etc) If something you do hurts nobody but yourself, it is nobodies business but yours.
the simple fact is that while, idealistically, governments should not be the legislators of morality, far too many people count on the government to enforce the rights and wrongs that they personally hold.
Our form of government is made up of representatives from that same society.........so, the legitimate purpose of our government must be to legislate our morality.
www.sportbikes.com /wwwthreads/showflat.php?Number=190784   (1093 words)

 "The Purpose of Government"
You are faced with a citizen being caught for trespassing on school property even though the sign was posted saying, 'No Trespassing.' You must explain to the citizen about the law as it relates to people being caught on school property when they should not be there.
The teacher writes the three branches of government on the board and has the students use webbing to generate ideas from which to develop a first draft for informing citizens about the law.
The students use the sentences to compose a paragraph informing their classmates about the branches of government that make the law and the steps that the branches follow to make the laws.
www.taskbuilderonline.com /WilliamPinderhughes/Government.html   (666 words)

 We the People: How Does Government Secure Natural Rights?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The essential characteristics that differentiate constitutional government from autocratic or dictatorial government include the idea that in a constitutional government the powers of a person or group in government are limited by a set of laws and/or established customs (a constitution) which must be obeyed.
During the lesson, students learn how a constitutional government protects natural rights and how constitutional governments can be organized to prevent the abuse of power, including a system of distributed and shared powers and checks and balances.
Check that students understand the definition of constitutional government, that is, the powers of the government are limited by a set of laws and customs called a constitution.
www.civiced.org /wtp_hs02_tg.html   (2168 words)

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