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Subject:  The Purpose and Limits of Government Date:  10/12/2009  3:10 PM
Author:  MadCapitalist Number:  484436 of 801365

The Purpose and Limits of Government

When America’s Founders declared the nation’s independence in 1776, they drafted a document that has inspired countless millions around the world ever since. For the Declaration of Independence, reflecting “a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind,” set forth not only the causes that led us to dissolve our political ties but a moral vision that speaks to the ages. In a few brief lines, penned near the start of our struggle for independence, the Founders distilled their philosophy of government: individual liberty, defined by rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happ