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The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man."
- Lord William Beveridge (1879-1963)
In America, we often think of being moral and doing "good works" as things we do in our private lives. But if you really think about it, the institutions that do the most "good works" in our society are our local, state, and federal governments. These governments do an enormous amount to feed the hungry, heal the sick, take care of the old, protect the young, and so on. In fact the good created by these governments far exceeds all the good accomplished individuals or private organizations in our society. It is government that has saved millions of lives through public health programs to eradicate diseases, that has fed the hungry and poor, that has drastically reduced poverty among the elderly, and that is saving us all from the widespread suffering and despair caused by economic depressions.
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