Sadly, few governments come close, and ours is headed in the wrong direction.
Government can and must provide:
1) Stable, sane, comprehensible Rule of Law. As opposed to arbitrary, capricious, and incomprehensible or excessively complicated rule at the whim of the ruler.
2) Legally enshrined, equitably applied respect for private property.
3) Legally enshrined, equitably applied enforceability of contracts.
4) Distributed, rather than centralized, authority.
All of these things serve to protect the rights of the weak against the strong, the small against the large, the few against the many, and the poor against the rich. Combined they allow for long term planning and investment, efficient use of capital and labor, and (perhaps most importantly) peaceful resolution of disputes. They form the basis of a just society, in which all can prosper who wish to do so.
That’s a great post right there.
Thanks for that.