Good Government

THE ART OF GOOD GOVERNMENT:
Protection without Oppression
Where there is Injury, there must be Protection.
Where there is no Injury,
there is neither cause nor justification
for the interference of law and the exercise of its power.

Democracy currently offers two choices: Right or Left, Blue or Red, Rich or Poor, Powerful or Powerless. As long as government represents sectional interests, each seeking advantage at the expense of the other, we will never have Good Government. And indeed, the widespread failure of governments to meet the basic needs of a free society has now become widely recognized.

And yet the very concept of a free society can be a contradiction in itself. Freedom is indeed an ideal to which we all aspire. But absolute freedom implies the freedom to restrict or even eliminate the freedom of others. The best we can do is to maximize freedom, and this can be achieved only when we all accept certain limitations on our individual freedom so that we do not harm, or infringe the freedom of others.

The idea is well summarized by one of the 20th century’s leading figures in British justice, Lord Denning, in his book The Family Story: “Each man should be free to develop his own personality to the full; the only restrictions upon this freedom should be those which are necessary to enable everyone else to do the same.”

To describe this concept of shared, limited freedom we use the word of Latin-Roman origin: Liberty.

A Land of Liberty is not a land in which we all have absolute freedom to do exactly as we please. Without the Rule of Law people would be free to injure one another in the widest possible sense, each attempting to enhance his or her own personal wealth and possessions through the dispossession of others. This is Anarchy.

A Land of Liberty is a land in which we are all subject to some restraint in those actions which are harmful or detrimental to others, so that we can all enjoy not absolute freedom, but a measure of Liberty. In this way, the general Liberty can be maximized.

This can be achieved when Government identifies and defines those actions leading to the injury of others, and so prevents them through appropriate Laws and Enforcement. It is a protective function, ensuring that a person suffering injury at the hands of another can have recourse to remedy and protection in law.

Insufficient Governance permits citizens to harm and exploit one another. That is the essence of Right Wing Conservatism. Under this Regime freedom is increased for some but decreased for others; hence the overall Liberty is not maximized.

Government should protect, but go no farther, for governance beyond protection becomes oppression.

Excessive Government initiates exploitation and oppression by the State. That is the essence of Left Wing Socialism. Under this regime Liberty is increased by Government protection, but it is then decreased as Government goes further and creates oppression. Again, Liberty is not maximized.

In Western countries today, we indeed find Liberty, but we also find oppression in the form of excessive taxation to fund welfare schemes which social conscience dictates to remedy the injustices of insufficient government. Injustice builds on injustice.

Liberty is maximized when Government offers full protection, but without moving into oppression.

Thomas Jefferson summarized these ideals in his first Inaugural Address given on March 4th, 1801:

“A wise and frugal Government,
which shall restrain men from injuring one another
yet leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement,
and which shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned:
this is the sum of good Government necessary to complete the circle of our felicities”.

Only in Liberty will the flower of Civilization unfold. And liberty, true and full liberty, will be achieved only when all of the people, including those in Government, understand, accept, and support with full knowledge and conviction the Principle that in the enjoyment of liberty each must respect, never infringe the liberty of others.

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Liberty

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No people should give government power over them, without first setting conditions on the use of that power. Such is the purpose of Constitution.

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Where there is Injury, there must be Protection.
Where there is no Injury,
there is neither cause nor justification
for the interference of law and the exercise of its power.

THE ART OF GOOD GOVERNMENT:
Protection without Oppression

Freedom is the freedom to limit or eliminate the freedom of others.
Liberty is freedom which is defined so as to permit maximum latitude of action,
yet without restricting that of others, thus allowing maximum liberty and creativity.

The purpose of Government is to maximize liberty by preventing men from injuring one another.
If there is injury, the law must act to prevent it.
Without injury, there can be no law.
The processes of law and administration must be executed with the same level of productive efficiency
that the law should demand of private sector business and industry.

A One-page Constitution for Liberty

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