Why Do We Need Government?

Have you ever stopped to think about why we need government in the first place? What would the world be like if there were no government?

A Practical Perspective What kinds of things does the government do that influence your life every day? Check out this list for an eye-opener.

The Economic Perspective The United States of America is primarily a capitalistic society, meaning that the economy is largely left alone by the government. However, there are a growing number of cases where the government gets involved and alters what would otherwise be natural market outcomes. Why does it do this? Is it justified?

The Philosophical Perspective In the late 1600s, Two prominent English philosophers--Thomas Hobbes and John Locke--speculated about the kind of place the world would be if there were no government. Their views had a significant impact on the thinking of the political leaders of their day, including the major players on both sides of the American and French Revolutions.

Professor Mott's Perspective The history of American politics, and of all governments for that matter, can be characterized by a persisting conflict between liberty and order. On the one hand, Americans value their individual liberties. However, it is increasingly apparent that some limits on individual liberties are essential to maintain order. Exactly how the balance is struck between liberty and order is the heart of American politics.