What is "Government"?• https://www.ericpetersautos.com by Eric
Other people you'd rather not have anything to do with.
Except that unlike ordinary people you'd rather have nothing to do with – and so don't – government people have the power to make sure you cannot avoid having to deal with them. They are thus the enemies of society, which is people coming together freely to deal with one another in ways mutually agreeable, according to rules rather than laws.
Society is organic, natural. It arises in the form of marriages and families, friendships and similar arrangements, which are entered into voluntarily and can be left voluntarily as well. It is not perfect, of course. But it is free of the element of coercion – the threat of physical violence as the mechanism to compel association when you'd rather not – that makes government worse than imperfect.
Society is a form of contract that differs from government's idea of contract – which is that you are bound by something you never agreed to, which manifest as laws you are required to obey and which you will be punished for if you do not, even if your only offense is that you did not obey the law (irrespective of any harm caused). In society, there are rules that people follow as a matter of course, as in the home of a friend you are visiting. Part of the reason you're in your friend's home being your unforced willingness to abide by "house rules" within his home.
1 Comments in Response to What is "Government"?
Family is government; government is family. Government should be set up to only come together in real emergencies, like those where the families vote on it. As soon as the real emergency is over, government should disband, back to the family.