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Governance, Government, and the State
"A government in which the majority rule in all cases cannot be based on justice. . . That Government is best which governs not at all; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have."—Henry David Thoreau "I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."—Thomas Jefferson Because of the use of advancing science and technology to create weapons of mass destruction, war has become a threat to the survival of the human species. The source of war is not conflict among nations, but is rather the existence of national states with the power to tax and to force people to submit to conscription into the armed forces of the state. "The power to tax involves the power to destroy," observed John Marshall (1755-1835), the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America. History corroborates John Marshall's observation. In the 1960s Andrew J. Galambos created a lecture