Front Page Titles (by Subject) II.: The Means of attaining the End of Government; viz. Power, and Securities against the Abuse of that Power. - Government
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II.: The Means of attaining the End of Government; viz. Power, and Securities against the Abuse of that Power. - James Mill, Government 
Supplement to the Encyclopedia Britannica (London: J. Innes, 1825).
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The Means of attaining the End of Government; viz. Power, and Securities against the Abuse of that Power.
Two things are here to be considered; the power with which the small number are entrusted; and the use which they are to make of it.
With respect to the first, there is no difficulty. The elements, out of which the power of coercing others is fabricated, are obvious to all. Of these we shall, therefore, not lengthen this article by any explanation.
All the difficult questions of Government relate to the means of restraining those, in whose hands are lodged the powers necessary for the protection of all, from making bad use of it.
Whatever would be the temptations under which individuals would lie, if there was no Government, to take the objects of desire from others weaker than themselves, under the same temptations the members of Government lie, to take the objects of desire from the members of the community, if they are not prevented from doing so. Whatever, then, are the reasons for establishing Government, the very same exactly are the reasons for establishing securities, that those entrusted with the powers necessary for protecting others make use of them for that purpose solely, and not for the purpose of taking from the members of the community the objects of desire.