What Exactly IS Government?

Government is defined as an organization that can legitimately use coercion.

Okay. What does that mean?

Here we go.

Organization: This is an institutional structure where people have tasks related to a specific purpose.

Legitimacy: This part is a bit more intricate. Legitimacy was historically gained by government by claiming divinity. Now, legitimacy is often predisposed to citizens. Citizens simply accept the legitimacy of government, and they generally accept that the government serves the public interest. Government also hangs onto this by solving problems for the public.

Coercion: This piece permits government to accomplish tasks. Coercion is like the government’s currency or stock in trade. One example is eminent domain, or the legal procurement of property to enhance public good. This can be used for good… or evil.

Government is tricky, complicated, gross, and important. This description above is what government is at its CORE.

Government is important to sustainability and soil because government MAKES DECISIONS by using their legitimate coercion.

Well, that’s all for now.

In Soil We Trust,



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