Justification of government
I came across an interesting quote recently :
“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often”
History has shown that cities formed to accommodate densely clustered high skilled labor pools that thrive on innovative ideas. Those cities had to invent new ways to house the flood of citizens seeking employment. Proximity plays a crucial role. It has been shown face-to-face communications lead to higher trust between teams. Cities function via people running into each other at events, bars and gatherings.
People expect the taxes they pay, to go towards government for 2 items. Protection from violence and Providing items individuals cannot create for themselves. Infrastructure in the past, was done by private entrepreneurs, who created a railroad, a road, etc. and charged a toll. As projects grew larger, necessary capital so huge, the government took over.
Government is the provider in the eyes of many citizens. Many might say, government is to exist as an INVESTOR in its citizens. It should encourage a more active citizenship, be open and transparent, share data, and believe in its citizens capabilities.
The quandary occurs where – citizens can solve things more efficiently and effectively than government can provide for them. Should government invest in the cultivation of citizens capabilities, while provisioning resources and infrastructure to allow citizens, to succeed at scale ? People generally agree the discovery of new information is the best way to solve societies problems.
Should we transform government’s role – to be about directly investing in citizens, – funding them to become as entrepreneurial, civic, and healthy as possible ?