The role of government is an oft debated subject. It seems that “each side” has strong ideas regarding the topic. The Conservatives want an impotent government, EXCEPT for the military. The Conservatives want an impotent government, EXCEPT for surveillance and “national security”. The Conservatives want an impotent government which will not impede the efforts of the elite to exploit basic human needs and active human labor for their own personal profit.
We liberals view government as the voice and administrator of the collective will of the people. Conservatives view government as a paid administrative staff, whose role is to protect the rights of Corporative interests against the expense of basic human needs. The debate regarding the role of government then comes down to whether such is to protect the interests of the few, or the needs of the many.
Perhaps the question should be “What is the natural function of a society?”. If in fact, the natural function of a society is to ensure the rights of the few to exploit the needs, the services, and the labor of the many; then the Conservatives are correct in their view of the proper role of government. On the other hand, if the natural function of a society is to ensure the rights of the collective whole to impartially provide the basic needs of everyone, then we liberals are correct in our view of the proper role of government.
Either way, I suggest that the proper role of government is to execute the natural function of a society.