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Government is Good
Public goods, services, and transfers boost living standards, reduce insecurity, improve health, and equalize opportunity. But in the course of achieving these valuable goals, do government programs impinge on freedom, weaken civil society, and reduce happiness? Critics of modern government often assert that they do. Both dangers have grown grave and alarming in our time. They weaken the family … and limit our freedom.
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These are external links and will open in a new window. It's fair to say that Theresa May has not had the smoothest ride as prime minister. That was meant to be 29 March. But the UK is still in the EU and there's still no way out which everyone can agree on. Meanwhile, she has been repeatedly defeated in the House of Commons and has lost 20 ministers over her handling of Brexit.
Government is said to be a necessary evil. The saying appears to be without merit. For can anything be at once necessary and evil? True, all governments have had a history of evil-doing, more or less. However, it does not follow from this experience that their good is indistinguishable from their evil. Their evil begins when they step out of bounds. Leonard Read rightly observed that there is a good purpose for the institution we call government.
A partial shutdown of the US federal government has stretched into a third week with virtually no end in sight. If it continues to Saturday, it will become the longest shutdown in US history. During a government shutdown, federal agencies must cease all operations and services deemed non-essential while essential functions such as airport security and law enforcement will continue to be performed. Laid-off workers are sent home without pay while other employees must work without being paid. The shutdown lasts until new government funding is approved by Congress and signed into law by the president.