The topic of government has always been a large area of conflict. In the following, I will discuss why we need a government.
First, what all is the government responsible for? We can begin to address this question by looking at the United States Constitution.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
As stated above the government is responsible specifically for (1) forming a more perfect union, (2) establishing justice, (3) insuring domestic tranquility, (4)providing for the common defense, (5) promoting the general welfare, and (6) securing the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. In determining if the government is functioning in a responsible manner, we can come back to these obligations.
With that pointed out we need to understand that people are the ones that are carrying out these wishes of the government. They are the police, the mail man, the judges. And because of this, the 'government' is people - not some ungly cloud that hangs over the USA. Because we the people are the ones budgeting and working and making up a government it only makes sense that we could easily carry out all the things the government controls -with out the 'government.'
Insuring domestic tranquility is one of the above said responsibilities of the government. But why? Are you afraid of your neighbor? Chances are he is just like you: just getting by and having the government suck 22% of his pay checks to keep us safe from international terrorist. When in reality international terrorists DO NOT want to hurt innocent people (ie; ME), what they what is to destroy the greedy corporate conglomerates that are taking over the world....