Federal And Serve A Population

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Institutions of government, in principle, exist to oversee and serve a population. This constituency can be anything from a small town to the largest nation in the world, and often these boundaries and their governments cooperate and interact with one another. In order for a government to be effective and legitimate, the populace that it presides over must exercise a certain amount of consent to be governed, a de facto contract between a citizen and their rulers. This consent represents a vote of confidence in the government to represent one’s interests adequately and protect them from transgressions against their persons and property in the pursuit of civil society. In practice, this means that citizens must relinquish at least some of their liberties in the interest of a system that benefits as many people as possible the most. This is a slippery slope -- tyrannical governments can arise from liberties being compromised, one by one, until too few remain and the contract has given way to control.
The most logical way to combat this is to set up this contract between a government and its constituency so that the fewest necessary liberties are compromised to set up a functional and amiable society. I believe that this ideal contract - one comprised of trust and amicable relations between citizen and government - is reached most easily through the principles of small government, allowing people to self-govern and retain civil liberties as much as possible without compromising
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