God and Government

Brad DeLong rightly attacks Supreme Court Justice Nino Scalia for saying that "government comes from God". As DeLong says

Nino Scalia’s views on this are profoundly–there is no other word for it–UnAmerican. Here in the United States, we are all children of Thomas Jefferson. God does not give us rulers. Instead, God gives us rights: to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We then institute governments to secure these rights, and they derive their just powers from our consent, not from God’s decree.


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