-I don't trust a man who talks about ethics when he's picking my pocket.- Time Enough For Love - Robert A Heinlein
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First assumption: we are talking about some entirely legitimate, truly democratic (and yet firmly dedicated to the principles of individual freedom, somehow) government. Splendid.
Now: What exactly is this thing, "Government" supposed to do? How is it different from other parts of our society?
Oh, we know how it is different: It has the monopoly on the use of force, on coercion. Churches, AA meetings or birdwatcher clubs have no power to press you into anything they consider important; compare with IRS, EPA, FBI, etc.
Right from the beginning, obviously, this is not about "size" vs. "function". This is all about what that function ought to be.