Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
True, but trivial. Since men are no angels, we need government. But then you can say the same thing about the gun(s) you advocate and pack.
Trivial? Don’t think so.
I’m less worried about the guns I, or citizens, pack, than the various agents working to enforce theft by government.
Folks can say no to me, or if I try force, fight back with equal ability.
Government is, by its nature, the use of force. Yes, government is necessary in limited capacity. Specifically, where force is necessary and justified.