Most people I know have grown disillusioned of any hope of self government. No one thinks the government works for them.

Now there's a line that could have been pulled from any society anywhere in the history of mankind. But, truth be told, government works okay for most people. They go about their daily lives with little to no interference from government. Taxes aren't too high, law enforcement not too militarized, regulations not too restrictive. Jobs are available, there's no sewage in the streets and garbage gets collected. The bodies of the dead are regularly carted off.

An increase in the number of poor people is often an indicator that government is doing a bad job. Government works very very well for the very very wealthy and they are practicing self government as we speak.

I submit that it has always been thus and forevermore will be.
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