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    Speaking with a rather broad brush, libertarians and conservatives agree with you that people are not good by nature, and that is why they cannot be trusted with any more power than is necessary.  Government is needed primarily for defense, protection against violent crime, and the protection of private property.

    They subscribe to Adam Smith’s theory of the invisible hand, which assures them that the selfish behavior of individuals will produce the greatest amount of collective good, and that any attempt by the government to override this selfish behavior will produce less than optimal results.

    Therefore, conservative solution to every social ill is less taxes and fewer regulations, which requires smaller government.  Once government has ceased to be a drain on the economy with burdensome taxation, and has quit interfering with oppressive regulations, the unhampered free market will finally be able to produce the best of all possible worlds.

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