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The government should not watch every move or spell out what one should think or say In Civil Disobedience Henry D Thoreau truly sums it up when he quotes That government is best which governs least For the benefit of the nation as a whole government issues should start and end where society is concerned using the loosest interpretation possible However Thoreaus ideal government is far from actual realization especially even more so after ten scores from the present The second quote Thoreau uses That government is best which governs not at all describes government at its zenith He pictures a society where everyone does not merely follow the law like an ignorant cow trails after its master for lack of better judgment In the society with the ideal form of government the citizens would do what they knew to be right and accept all consequences that resulted good or bad Thus government would have no need to be paranoid stringent or intrusive Because everyone would take full responsibility for his or her actions crimes would naturally be reduced if not extinct Society and its legal rules would not be crippling to those who have no need for a patronizing parent figure constantly looking over their shoulders in suspicion People would take action from principle on the basis of an intuitive perception of what is right this is equivalent to acting on the dictates of ones own conscience Government would only serve as an expedient in helping people to accomplish this not hindering them from listening to their integrity Thoreaus ideal government is impossible to establish and maintain at present to state the obvious A government that does not really have any power apart from that given wholly by the individual would not support an economy that provides full human satisfaction In a hundred years with more people and less natural resources diffusion of responsibility and fierce competition will lead to increased chaos and
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