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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


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.