Right and left have much cause to criticize government.
For the right, as Ronald Reagan famously said, the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help."
对右派来说，正如罗纳德•里根的名言所说，“英语里最可怕的九个词就是:I’m from the government and I’m here to help.(我是政府派来帮你的。）”
For the left, government has failed to tame the cruelty of markets and lift the poor out of their misery.
From their different perspectives, both sides complain that government regulation is often costly and ineffectual.
Yet, even if it is often inefficient and self-serving, it also embodies moral progress.
That is the significance of the assertion, in the American Declaration of Independence, that "all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights."
It is the significance of laws guaranteeing free speech, universal suffrage, and equality before the law.
And it is the significance of courts that can hold states to account when they, inevitably, fail to match the standards that they have set for themselves.
Such values are the institutional face of the fundamental engines of progress—"moral sensibility."
The very idea probably sounds quaint and old-fashioned,
but it is the subject of a powerful book by Susan Neiman, an American philosopher living in Germany.