Good Government

Protection without Oppression
Where there is Injury, there must be Protection.
Where there is no Injury,
there is neither cause nor justification
for the interference of law and the exercise of its power.

Democracy currently offers two choices: Right or Left, Blue or Red, Rich or Poor, Bosses or Workers. As long as government represents sectional interests, each seeking advantage at the expense of the other, we will never have Good Government. And indeed, that government has failed us is widely recognized. Time now to start from basic principles and ask: What is government for, what should we expect of it, and can we produce a form of governance for everyone, without class or sectarian bias?

Freedom is an ideal to which we all aspire. But absolute freedom implies the freedom to restrict or eliminate the freedom of others. The best we can do is to maximize freedom, and this we achieve when we all accept certain limitations on our individual freedoms so that we do not infringe the freedom of others.

The idea is well summarized by one of the 20th century’s leading figures in British justice, Lord Denning, in his book The Family Story: “Each man should be free to develop his own personality to the full; the only restrictions upon this freedom should be those which are necessary to enable everyone else to do the same.”

To describe this concept of shared, limited freedom we use the word of Latin-Roman origin: Liberty. The universal maximization of Liberty requires in our personal relationships, in business and commerce and in our use of natural resources, that we exercise our freedom up to, but not beyond the point where its exercise impinges negatively upon, or restricts the freedom of another or others. It favours no class or sectional interest at the expense of another; it is universal in concept, affording equal justice to all.

The interpretation and application of this Principle of Liberty in terms of everyday events and conditions is the function of Government. “The purpose of Government is to prevent men from injuring one another”. Thus Thomas Jefferson in the clear, straightforward language of his time.

More specifically, the Principle of Liberty requires Government to identify and define those actions leading to the injury or disadvantagement of others, and so prevent them through appropriate Laws and Enforcement. It is a protective function, ensuring that a person suffering injury at the hands of another can have recourse to remedy and protection in law.

But Government should go no farther, for governance beyond protection becomes oppression. And the obligation upon citizens to pay taxes, places a parallel obligation upon the process of governance, which must be executed with due attention to productivity, requiring efficiency of operation and the minimum of waste.

Thomas Jefferson summarized these ideals in his first Inaugural Address given on March 4th, 1801:

“A wise and frugal Government,
which shall restrain men from injuring one another
yet leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement,
and which shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned:
this is the sum of good Government necessary to complete the circle of our felicities”.

The Economics of Prosperity

20 pages
Regional Development Banks established specifically to provide longterm investment for industry and infrastructure can create jobs and industries NOW, with genuine, repayable investment loans.

The absence of a fair and sustainable work-reward relationship creates inflation and monetary instability. Job-evaluated pay is already a reality in major companies. The combination of Pay, Profit and Price Evaluation can guarantee a fair day's pay, rising productivity, full employment, and a stable monetary unit.

Maximizing productivity must become a nationwide objective, especially in government as the nation's biggest employer and its least productive.

Politics as we know it today consists of two "sides": Red and Blue, Socialism and Conservatism, each trying to secure gains for its own supporters at the expense of the others. The result is confrontation, stalemate and ultimately dysfunctionality, while government takes an ever-increasing share of citizens' hard-earned incomes.

Government popularity is at an all-time low, as is confidence that it can solve our current problems of recession, growing environmental degradation, and the dramatic failure of our banking and financial systems. The need is clear for a fundamental re-invention of politics, based not on sectional advantage but on a policy of mutual respect, clearly defined fairness and justice, and maximum liberty for all, administered by a financially disciplined government.


No people should give government power over them, without first setting conditions on the use of that power. Such is the purpose of Constitution.

Governments govern people, constitutions govern governments, by establishing procedures, obligations, and perhaps most importantly, limitations on the powers of government.

If we are not to drift slowly and surely, ever deeper into debt and dictatorship, the issues of Constitution, its Provisions, its Supreme Status in the process of governance, and the provision for periodic and necessary Amendment must be given urgent and serious consideration.

13 pages

Constitution: a wider analysis.
Constitution: History, Theory and Practice

The Banking System Un-Masked
How the banks have brought down themselves,
our economy and our government.

No Government, President or Monarch
should have power over others
unless and until that power
and the conditions of its use
have been fully, clearly and strictly defined.
Governing Government
Financial Reform for Stability,
Growth and Prosperity.

Yes it’s possible, and it’s not rocket science.

The Rocky Road to Prosperity

Where there is Injury, there must be Protection.
Where there is no Injury,
there is neither cause nor justification
for the interference of law and the exercise of its power.

Protection without Oppression

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