The Purpose of the Government

Human civilizations require orderly systems to function, and for people to prosper. Governments are a universal factor across the whole globe regardless of culture. Some governments fall under authoritarian style when others follow a democratic route. Although some may argue that existence of governments is unnecessary and even harmful to human condition as it forces restrictions, government regulates laws and economy, thus, allowing people to live and prosper.

George W. Bush was born on 6 June 1946 and was an elected president for 8 years, from 2001 to 2009. He said in his economic growth agenda speech of 2005 that “government does not create wealth. The major role for the government is to create an environment where people take risks to expand the job rate in the United States” (para. 5). This statement has merit: while government should have a major say in how economy functions within a country, a complete and total control of market would be considered authoritarian and harm people rather than help them. Government should create a system people can operate within in order to gain wealth and economic stability, but it cannot do it for people.

A mixture of governmental control and democratic freedom creates a balanced economic and political system. Government is essential to human societies as it stops them from succumbing to anarchy and chaos and controls how laws are followed to make a fair and safe community. At the same time, people need to take risks and contribute to the economy growth by participating in market. Neither people nor government can exist without each other, and when they operate against each other, it creates a nation-wide discord. Government and people need to work together to create a better, safer, and more prosperous world.


Bush, W. G. (2005). President outlines economic growth agenda. The Bush Record. Web.

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