The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.
Many European countries, as well as Australia, Canada, Israel, and New Zealand, have adopted legislation that creates a ‘public lending right’, where the government recognises that enabling hundreds of people to read a single copy of a book provides a public good, but that doing so is likely to reduce sales of the book.
The jam is moving toward the Capitol where Congress sits in judgment on all the administrative agencies of Government.
The responsibility for good government lies not just with governments themselves but also with every other part of the system they operate in, including media, non-governmental organisations and the public.
I shall not remind you, Citizen-Directors, of all I have done for the triumph of liberty, the prosperity of St. Domingo, the glory of the French Republic; nor will I protest to you my attachment to our mother country, to my duties; my respect to the constitution, to the laws of the Republic, and my submission to the government.
When government disappears, it’s not as if paradise will take its place. When governments are gone, other interests will take their place.
We have some material on spying by a major government on the tech industry. Industrial espionage.
When people don’t understand that the government doesn’t have their interests in mind, they’re more susceptible to go to war.
The United States influences government and life everywhere else.
The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.