In the industrialized world, as modern democracies, we have come to appreciate the need for a minimum amount of basic government, providing for national defense, law and order.
Many people also recognize the limits of government, as government should not take over functions that people and associations can do by themselves.
For example, the libertarian author Frederic Bastiat wrote in “The Law”:
“The law is the organization of the natural right to lawful defense. It is the substitution of a common force for individual forces. And this common force is to do only what the individual forces have a natural and lawful right to do: to protect persons, liberties and properties; to maintain the right of each, and to cause justice to reign over us all.”
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