Vince answered this question on Quora:
WHAT SIX WAYS IS THE GOVERNMENT IMPORTANT AS AN INSTITUTION?
If you know enough to know that there are exactly 6 ways that government is important, then this is not a legitimate Quora question because you already know -- or think you know -- the answer, whereas the purpose of Quora is to consult experts on issues that you do not know enough about.
On the other hand, it all depends on which government and of which country we are talking about. In other words, whether you mean a legitimate or an illegitimate government. If you mean the US, then the government is a fraud. That is, it is controlled not by the people — as it purports to be — but by a number of agencies that attempt to control the minds of the people and hence, policies that run counter to the people’s interests. It is for this reason that the US is constantly involved in disastrous wars and has a perennially increasing debt burden that will eventually crush the US economy and the world economy.
The following is a list of those agents that illegitimately control — or rather supplant — the “government”:
Saudi Arabia, working silently in the background to implement the petrodollar agreement (as explained previously at NSS: http://www.newsilkstrategies.com/news--analysis/israel-and-saudi-joined-at-the-hip-and-writing-failed-us-policies)
Israel, via AIPAC lobby and ADL and media (AIPAC is an unregistered foreign lobby, operating unregistered in contravention of US law. As detailed here: http://www.newsilkstrategies.com/news--analysis/a-foreign-power-writes-us-legislation-you-ok-with-that)
The Corporate Media, which works overtime to foment anti-Russia hate that can lead to war and disastrous economic and financial policies that are bankrupting the country, creating economic bubbles and threatening the world economy.
The terminally gullible public that swallows the swill of said Corporate Media
The arms manufacturers, via their lobbies (breaking the national bank with runaway defence spending)
Big Business (which, together with Wall Street – see below – has blown a stock market bubble that seems to be collapsing at this very moment)
Wall Street (which, like Big Business, together with Wall Street – see below – has blown a stock market bubble that seems to be collapsing at this very moment)
The Federal Reserve Board, whose policies have led to an irresponsible unpayable debt, galloping inflation and dangerous bubbles, for example, in stocks and housing. The existence of the Fed is in fact unlawful in that Art. 1. Sect. 8 of the Constitution declares that the Congress is to coin currency and determine the value thereof.
Opinion-shaping think tanks like the Atlantic Council (the propaganda arm of NATO), the CFR and many others, the vast majority of which have declared Russia a “threat” and condemn the announced pull-out from Syria, never mind that ISIS was on the verge of driving the Syrian army into the sea when the Russian air force arrived just in the nick of time in September 2015. Funny how ISIS had grown so strong despite the valiant efforts of the US Coalition’s War on Terror purportedly waged to eliminate it.
Big Religion (which has rammed “Christian” Zionism down the throats of most Evangelicals, who are considered heretics if they fail to embrace it, even though it is clearly non-scriptural. I explained previously at Quorum why this is so https://www.quora.com/Why-does-Israel-support-terrorists-in-Syria/answer/Vince-Dhimos)
The gullible followers of the above-mentioned Big Religion who, in the Evangelical community, instead of heeding what their Commander-in-Chief said in Matthew 23:39, send the modern secular Israel the message: you are the Chosen Ones and can do no wrong. We will send you lethal arms with which to kill your neighbours. Never mind the commandment in Leviticus, in your scriptures, to love God with all your heart and all your mind and all your soul and to love your neighbour as yourself. We mega-church goers decide who goes to heaven and who does not. So is he Catholic Church less belligerent in this regard? No. The Pope has called the Putin-Assad alliance “dangerous” (without specifying why) but has never criticised the Saudi-US alliance. Assad is the most Christian-friendly Muslim leader in the world, while Christian worship (even in the private of one’s home!) is banned in Saudi. Further discussion here.
The White House and its bully pulpit, which – via the msm – constantly supports disastrous warlike foreign policies and disastrous economic policies that widen the gap between rich and poor and lead to even deeper debt. Even though the president is elected by the people, the choice of candidate is completely out of the people's hands, controlled as it is by the groups on this list.
The Congress and Senate, which likewise spread propaganda – via the msm – that have the same effect as the White House’s policies, persuading voters to accept these bad policies by making them appear rational even though they are insane. Even though the Congress and Sentat are elected by the people, the choice of candidate is completely out of the people's hands, controlled as it is by the groups on this list.
The CIA, NSA and other agencies beyond the control of the elected officials, of the public, and of the law
Hollywood. Generally, with few exceptions, when a popular US movie includes a scene involving the US armed forces, the bias is positive. For example, in the movie Bird Box, there is a scene with an Iraq war vet who describes how he and his men lovingly escorted an Iraqi man and his son to the local school every day to protect them from terrorist attacks. The vet never even hints at the extreme violence perpetrated by the US that bombed hundreds of thousands of civilians in that country. Sure, there were lots of good men among the US troops in Iraq, but the impression created by the movie is that the US military was only doing good in Iraq.
The Guardian posted a whole article dedicated to the unsavory close ties between Hollywood and the US military.
The sad thing about this story is that Americans are almost fully absorbed in a left-right tug of war, with conservatives blaming liberals for the loss of their republic “of the people, by the people and for the people,” and liberals and Neocons blaming conservatives for the loss of their “democracy.” Democrats and Neocons alike blame Russia, their favourite whipping boy, for their loss. Yet if they were correct that Russia was able to influence Americans to vote for the conservative candidates that they fear and hate so passionately, then their fellow Americans would have to be the most weak-minded people on the planet, allowing an “enemy” to capture their minds almost completely using God knows what sort of dirty tricks and sinister mind control methods. If this kind of mind control is possible, then the US public must be the most gullible people on the planet, vulnerable to the wiles of these clever Russians. But if they are so weak minded and easily captured by an enemy, what chances does the US have of survival? Slim to none, wouldn’t you say? So would such dimwits even be worth saving?
On the other hand, according to this conspiracy theory, the conservatives as a group would be collectively traitors willing to sell out their country – an outlandish theory.
In fact, this scenario would mean that the Russians have sinister plans for everyone.
But what would Russia want with such a bunch of losers on their hands? How would they administer this motley bunch of simpletons who are so easily deceived?
Further, if we analyse all the instances of “Russian aggression,” we clearly see that in each case – South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Ukraine, Syria. Crimea – the Russians were invited to aid a group of vulnerable people who had begged Russia for protection. Even in the case of Chechnya, there were ethnic Russians who were being harmed by terrorists. If Russia really wanted to take over Ukraine, as some claim they do, then given the superiority of Russian weapons, Russia would have been able to do so. It would be like taking candy from a baby. But they aren’t snatching up the candy, are they? Thus there is something terribly wrong with the theory held by Neocons, the Democrats, NATO, the Theresa May government and the Balkan states hysterical over the possibility of a Russian invasion.
The only possible answer is simple. This theory exists solely in the mind of its creators.
So what is the solution? Simply stop the hysteria, fomented by the press and by ambitious unscrupulous politicians, and wind down the rudeness, and then sit down with the Russians, who want to be friends, or at least partners, and talk, with respect, the kind of respect they have always shown toward the wayward obnoxious West.
Working together, we can solve the problems the US has always pretended could never be solved, notably the Israel-Arab conflicts and the terror problem. Iran is another bugaboo partly invented by the West. And it is clear which side refuses to budge. Iran has held out the olive branch to the Saudis but the latter refuse to talk. If the US and Russia both prevailed upon Saudi and Israel to stop being stubborn, they would both eventually come around. The danger of an Iran-Israel conflict would be neutralized in short order. The refusal of these two nations to budge is due almost exclusively to their confidence that the US will always stand by them, no matter how many unarmed Palestinians Israel kills or how many Yemeni citizens Saudi bombs. Or for that matter, how many journalists Saudi saws up.
The standoff could end tomorrow if only one world power could stop pretending – and that is all it is – pretending, that the other world power is the aggressor and needs to be kept in its place by threatening it with NATO ships and planes and slapping it with sanctions designed to impoverish its people and deny them much needed medicines.
But you, dear reader, must insist on it. Otherwise, the Russian military industrial complex will keep cranking out novel weapons that can neutralize the Pentagon and the US will keep shrinking back, shaking in its boots, while pretending it is tougher than Russia and can keep everyone safe by issuing empty threats and provoking the arguably most powerful nuclear power in the world.
Does this policy make sense to you? If not, then stop buying the fairy tales and start demanding a major change. 2019 could be the year that peace emerges on planet earth. Or it could be the last year of earth’s existence.
It’s up to all of us. We decide. But only if we can do it together.