Thomas Paine - A Short Bit on Government

In the words of Thomas Pain in his pamphlet, Common Sense;

"Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas, they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government  by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last is a punisher.

Society in every state is a blessing, but Government even in its best state is but a necessary evil..."

Important to remember, I think.

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