If you break it down there are really only 2 forms of "government" we will discuss the philosophy of both. But first I need to justify my claim that there are indeed only 2 types of government. My argument is that the 2 types of government are socialism and capitalism (or government and no government). Now my definition of "socialism" in this case if a little different then the literal term I just can't find a better word. Of coarse there are different versions and extremes. For example America doesn't consider itself a "socialist" country, but the fact is we tax people so the government can provide things. 1: Socialism (stateism) is the belief that a central power is needed to control the masses and make life better and more fair for all. There are different degrees of socialism (stateism) for example in America food production is still "owned" by the private sector sorta. The idea is that people can't be trusted. The government needs to protect people but in order to do that we need to pay taxes. We need a military and police force to protect us from evildoers. We need social security Medicare and wellfair so poor people can survive. We need roads and libraries. We need minimum wage so we don't become indentured servants. No matter what the policy is however, it sums up to the government taxing you in exchange for providing a service. Hence all forms of government are forms of socialism. 2: capitalism (anarchy) is a form of government (or lack there of) where the government does not interfere. The extreme is complete anarchy. Capitalists believe that taxation is theft plain and simple. They believe that any service that the governments provides through taxation can be provided by the private sector. An example of a capitalist policy would be mall security. Hiring trained guards at the mall would be far cheaper for the mall then having to pay the state (Mafia) for police (protection) Companies would build their own roads and bridges. Capitalism is a system of voluntary trade fueled by incentive. So what it all comes down to is weather or not stealing from the people to provide them with services they need is justified. I for one am a capitalist. How about you?