Do We Need Governments?



That’s a difficult question to ask, and I bet that you could get a lot of answers that are each at least slightly different. In the post I made about the book “Forever Today”, I talked about how difficult it is to bring about change in policies of a government. Also, if you ask just about anyone, they’ll start giving you a ton of reasons why they don’t like the current policies. Most will blame it on a poor government.

So, Why Do We Even Have Governments?

The simplest reason to such a complicated question is order. A government brings structure to a group of people. This structure operates in many different ways, one of which is represented by the laws. We may not always agree with the laws, but they are meant (at least in their original form) to protect citizens against unfairness. Now, if they’ve evolved into something else, that’s an entirely different story.

If there was no government, we’d probably get lost in chaos. The problem is that you can’t really rely in others to follow rules that are not enforced. As it is, even when laws are enforced, there still are people who break them. And now I’m not referring to the little, unimportant laws. Even the ones that are pretty much seen as necessary are broken.

But Then Again…

Many people would say that we can’t claim that there would be total chaos without a government because we haven’t experienced such a world. That’s very true. It is hard to make claims about something we haven’t actually seen or experienced.

Others will tell you that evolved human beings like ourselves just don’t need to be governed by someone else. We should be able to do it on our own. Though I do agree with this point in essence, I must admit that I believe people are not yet at a stage where they can live without a government. That’s simply because of the reason I outlined above, that some people need an outside force stopping them from committing crimes.

The Problem with Governments

The main problem is that they are very rigid and thus, difficult to change. In truth, they are that way in order to avoid change that is “bad”. However, even change that would be considered good is very hard to bring about.

The Human Factor

Another problem with governments is that they are lead by people. They have to be. But if you’ve read my post on how power corrupts, then you know that governments are almost bound to corrupt people. It’s as if it comes as a requirement.

To Conclude

At the end of the story, a government seems necessary. Despite the numerous limitations it brings, the benefits appear to outweigh the costs. However, this issue is very much open to debate. Once again, the fact that we haven’t actually experienced life without a government might be a good reason to think twice before stating that such a world would be impossible, or overall dangerous.


What is your stance on the matter? This is quite a difficult question, but I’d love to hear your input!



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