The role of government is very simple and two-fold. First, government creates the environment for the flow of capital to and the accumulation of capital for the oligarchs in a geo-political-economic jurisdiction. Second, government is responsible for keeping the barbarians from the gates of the oligarchs.
Those who capture government, whether by elections, hereditary succession, or force, put in place programs of action that transfer capital from the citizenry of the jurisdiction to the jurisdiction’s entrepreneurs, innovators, and financial intermediaries. This transfer is done via tax credits, tax deductions, grants, or guaranteed loans.
To mitigate the risks that the taxed may attempt to disrupt the flow of capital transfer, government puts in place social programs i.e. food and housing assistance, subsidized health insurance, public funded education, etc., to appease the immediate comfort needs of the jurisdiction’s masses.
Once the voting public understands this basic role of government, it will have two effects. First, it will force the public to realize that they live not in a nation, but in a jurisdiction. Jurisdictions are formed for the benefits of a minority with role of the masses relegated to ensuring and managing the extraction of capital from the jurisdiction and managing the use of capital to ensure the returns go to those who own #capital. Second, once the masses realize that they live not in a nation but in a jurisdiction, they can take realistic positions on who should govern their jurisdiction.
This is the American dilemma today. Government attempts to regulate a jurisdiction of 320 million people as if it’s a society with common ancestors and values. That ship left the harbor a couple centuries ago. Candidates for national public office find themselves in the quagmire of trying to appease broad swaths of the jurisdiction with equivocal rhetoric designed to persuade as many people as possible to vote for them. This cannot work. The diversity not only of culture but of needs make this “out of many, one” approach unfeasible.
Rather, if national leadership is serious about America as an egalitarian nation, it would go back to the original question of capital. Leadership’s main goal would be to increase the flow and accumulation of all forms of capital into every household thereby allowing labor to optimize its work efforts and maximize its income. As individuals enjoy the greater freedom that flows from their ability to apply their labor efforts to increased capital, it would be at that point that we see a freer individual and take the first step toward changing a jurisdiction into a society.