We all have some conception of what the “government” is and consequently what we think the government should do. In the next session we are going to focus on this. What or who is the government and what function each of us expects it to do? This is an important question not in some abstract sense but it matters in the way the world works.
Each one of us is part of various collectives. The range is from our nuclear families to neighborhoods to the big nation states. How we in the collective think about the nature and role of the state matters enormously.
Do reflect on this question — What’s the nature of the state and what is its role? — and we will have a discussion the next time.