A Moral Case Against Big Government: How Government Shapes the Character, Vision, and Virtue of Citizens
Publication Date: February 2007
Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): Ryan Messmore
Series: First Principles
Keywords: Thought; limited government; big government
Coverage: United States
The case for good, limited government is incomplete if it proceeds only in terms of the effects upon individual freedom or the fiscal implications of expanded government programs. Governing is a moral task, and the size and scope of government have moral implications for society, including its members' ability to fulfill their ethical obligations to one another.