Economic and social changes have occurred concurrently with expansion
of sovereign governments as they attempt to redefine their roles.
“Have governments changed in their basic purpose? It has always been that the business
of government is to promote the happiness of the society by punishing and rewarding.”
“I agree. The first duty of government is to see that people have food, fuel, and clothes.
The second, that they have means of moral and intellectual education. However, as we
look at the 20th and 21st centuries, I would add that the role of government in respect
to property rights must be emphasized again.” It has long been known and declared that the
poor have no right to the property of the rich, I wish it also to be known and declared
that the rich have no right to the property of the poor.” “In respect to the jurisprudence
of natural and civil law as well as the law of nations, secrecy, being an instrument of
conspiracy, ought never to be the system of a regular government.”