- Michael White
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Do you believe in governance? What is the alternative?
Recently i've seen a lot of very generalised anti-government sentiments expressed in TED conversations and comments. I would like to know more about the alternatives, and the realities of something like an anarchic solution.
The way I see it a bad government is a force for concentrating and hoarding power and wealth through the use of physical force, the denial of rights and propaganda.
A good government is a focus for cooperation. For organising our collective resources into improving living conditions. For making decisions in a true and honest representative way.
All governments have some elements of both. Because governments are made up of people and their actions, they aren't some abstract entity. In the worst dictatorships there are people working for the state who genuinely wish to make things better. And in the most utopian democracies there are those who will abuse their power.