What is government?

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    I saw this post in one of TM's other threads and I thought it deserved a thread on it's own. What is government? TM why dont you start?
     
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    Mr. President BOARD PRESIDENT..carry on

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    Government should be a direct representation of the mindset of the majority of people in a group state or nation.
     
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    Im trying to find a better definition... im not finding it yet.
     
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    What is government?

    Government is your friend.
     
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    the term, at least according to webster, originates in the 14th century. seems me that the term is a western word for certain conduct or behavior that controls people's lives as government is derived from govern. the degree of that control of course being the debate of the ages.

    government, to me, is simply that person, body, organization etc....that controls your life.
     
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    I like how you gave us the origin date from Webster's, but didn't bother to give us the definition from there. I'll do it.

    Of the several provided, this is the one most closely relating to this topic:

    The organization, machinery, or agency through which a political unit exercises authority and performs functions and which is usually classified according to the distribution of power within it.

    To put it another way, government is the active arm by which the community performs functions that must take place collectively, whether that community be the city, the state, or the nation.
     
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    Wasn't it something of the people, by the people, and for the people?

    Heard it on the 4th of July once...
     
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    A government is nothing more than an organization that holds political and legal power over a certain geographic area.
     
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    What if the majority are wolves and the rest are sheep?
     

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