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"SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to
leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not
only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by
our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former
promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the
latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages
intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the
last a punisher.

Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best
state is but a necessary evil in its worst state an intolerable one; for
when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a
government, which we might expect in a country without
government, our calamities is heightened by reflecting that we
furnish the means by which we suffer! Government, like dress, is
the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built on the
ruins of the bowers of paradise. For were the impulses of
conscience clear, uniform, and irresistibly obeyed, man would
need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds it
necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means
for the protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the
same prudence which in every other case advises him out of two
evils to choose the least. Wherefore, security being the true design


Thoomas Paine
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