The government, which for my own purposes I refer to as being synonymous with the state, exists to promote, defend, and expand the rights and liberties of its citizens. This is the commonly stated reason for a government or state to exist: as a mutual outgrowth of the common interests of the citizens who make up the purported ruling class in a democracy or a republic with democratic elections on matters that do not extend to the erosion of individual rights. In the former type of state, all matters are up for majoritarian vote. In the latter type of state, we don’t put matters like freedom of speech or religion to a vote. They are rights, rights which supersede majoritarian influence and input.
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