Lately, I have had a desire to read books concerning the founding of America, as an effort to understand the vision our Founding Fathers had for this country. Currently, I am reading "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine. Next I hope to tackle "Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith (my college freshman/American Heritage self would be astounded by such talk!). Here are a few captions I have found interesting so far:
"...Government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one..."
"Here then is the origin and rise of government; namely, a mode rendered necessary by the inability of moral virtue to govern the world; here too is the design and end of government, viz. freedom and security."
"I draw my idea of the form of government from a principle in nature, which no art can overturn, viz. that the more simple any thing is, the less liable it is to be disordered, and the easier repaired when disordered..." (When I read this, I thought of this.)
It is interesting to think about government in this way- as a necessary evil that's sole existence is to offer us freedom and security. More and more I feel our society is viewing government as a parent figure that should be regulating every aspect of our life. And lately I feel the government is more than happy to step in and regulate any aspect of our life that we'll let it.
What do you think?