Excessive government control

Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Excessive government interference
Excessive government intervention in society
Inappropriate government intervention

The responsibilities of government include the obligations to administer, adjudicate, legislate, and, by means of police and various punitive measures, to enforce the law. Government defence obligations also require it to maintain military forces; and its financial obligations require it to acquire vast sums of money. Governments may use any of these instruments, required for fulfilling their obligations, to interfere with personal freedom, for example, by over-regulation of free enterprises, by over-taxation, by censorship, by curfews, by compulsory military service, and in countless other ways that violate human rights including the right to life.


Almost every human action and transaction is excessively controlled by some government somewhere. All business transactions generate mountains of paperwork due to excessive controls; but simple things are also associated with regulations. For example, eating in a restaurant or buying a package of food is the result of compliance of the restaurateur (and his suppliers in the food production and distribution chain) with dozens of health regulations. Conditions and duration of sleep may be controlled by military codes, civil codes for some municipal workers, collective farm regulations, and in government-operated health and custodial institutions.

Endowing central governments with power is an irreversible process. Every central government of every known, practising political system has tended to take more and more power: some until the governmental shadow is omnipresent in everyone's life.


Related Problems:
Lack of social discipline
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
08.11.2017 – 16:07 CET