What role should the government play in society?
With all the talk of Socialism vs Capitalism, I want to know what role should the government play in society and why?
For me, I am a Capitalist. All the government should do is:
1] Keep the peace, provide services such as police/fire/ambulance and health care, but also open those up to competition. For example a public hospital and a private hospital. If the private hospital wants your cash, then it would have to provide adequate service. If you so choose a private hospital, then you can get insurance through a private company, and opt out of taxes for the health care. That way if [or should I say when] the government lets the health care go to shit, there is alternatives. Competition is key for Capitalism.
2] Limit the laws it can pass, so that lobbying will either be illegal or pointless. If the government is limited as to what laws it can pass, then lobbying is pointless. There will be no more lobbyists to petition for the government to basically outlaw their competition.
I mean do we need laws of course, but do we need so many? Do we really need the government to decide what is good or not?