"SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as toleave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are notonly different, but have different origins. Society is produced byour wants, and government by our wickedness; the formerpromotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, thelatter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encouragesintercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, thelast a punisher.Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its beststate is but a necessary evil in its worst state an intolerable one; forwhen we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by agovernment, which we might expect in a country withoutgovernment, our calamities is heightened by reflecting that wefurnish the means by which we suffer! Government, like dress, isthe badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built on theruins of the bowers of paradise. For were the impulses ofconscience clear, uniform, and irresistibly obeyed, man wouldneed no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds itnecessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish meansfor the protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by thesame prudence which in every other case advises him out of twoevils to choose the least. Wherefore, security being the true design"Thoomas Paine
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