I’ve often heard folks on one side of the political aisle suggest that government is a source of injustice if it is allowed to grow large and take on more responsibility. I’ve often heard folks on the other side of the political aisle proposing government action as a solution to various kinds of injustice.
I strongly disagree with both. Not because either perspective has no merit, but because both are failing to address the root of the problem. Injustice always precedes the existence of government, and government is always a reaction to injustice, whether the nature of that injustice is a violation of negative or positive rights. Thus, government is never a solution for injustice or a cause of it.
The source of injustice is human behavior, which is rooted in our human mental and emotional processes. So to prevent injustice, we need not build grand forms of governance or institutions of power. We need to systematically change our mental and emotional processes.
So perhaps instead of only seeking to better our treatment of the symptoms of injustice via government, we should also be seeking ways of effectively eliminating the disease by changing ourselves to better bring about a society that can be just whether government exists or not.
If we do not, our species will continue to be like Sisyphus, eternally pushing a boulder up a hill, frustrated that we never succeed, and unaware that we have only ourselves to blame for our plight.