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A Moral Case Against Big Government: How Government Shapes the Character, Vision, and Virtue of Citizens

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Publication Date: February 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Ryan Messmore

Series: First Principles

Topic: Government (Central or federal government)

Keywords: Thought; limited government; big government

Type: Other

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

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.