Purposes of Government
“A war where every man is enemy to every man,” where people live in “ continual fear and danger of violent death.” Thomas Hobbes, an english political philosopher, describes what life would be without a government. All governments tax, punish, regulate and restrict their citizens in order to help accommodate peace and protection. The federal government has many purposes in which it protects the citizens and the the principles that the nation was built upon.
One of the governments objectives is to establish justice and insure domestic tranquility. The citizens agree to a social contract in which they are provided protection of lives and property in exchange for being regulated in tax. These principles help avoid groups of individuals from settling their conflicts by rioting and fighting. For example, Somalia never had a stable central government which led to many civil wars that eventually took over the government. In addition, the government provides for the common defense. Warfare has been linked to the origins of government in order to be protected by other civilians wanting to take over. A country that does not have a secure government, fails to control violence and endangers human lives and property within the country. Furthermore, the government promotes general welfare in multiple ways. It provides goods and services for the citizens because it will be too expensive for individuals to pay for it themselves. They provide the citizens with an open free market where they can buy their goods and services. In order for it to operate properly, the government regulates to see if individuals participate in unfair competition. For example, in sports, players from different leagues go out into the free market where they can acquire substances that enhance their performance. Governments also use income transfers, which are incomes
from taxpayers to provide support and care to persons who can’t supply these things for...
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