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Why should we embrace limited government?

Limited government is both a sign and a symptom of a free society. As a sign, it signals that we as citizens are in control of our community – a government of the people, by the people and for the people. As a symptom, it reveals our character as citizens – we are productive, self-reliant, charitable and living providently.

Limited government is not a lack of government. It is necessary but only wherever necessary. The American constitutional structure was created with limited government in mind – with checks and balances, federalism, enumerated powers and a Bill of Rights.

Limited government is the American way in that it consistently encourages us as citizens to balance individual liberties, public virtues and healthy communities.

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Article: Europe Syndrome: The trouble with taking the trouble out of everything

Policy Paper: J. Reuben Clark, Jr. and Limited Government

Article: Renewing our commitment to limited government

Policy Paper: From Limited Government to Leviathan

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