The Purpose of Government

I’m a big fan of teleology — the study of “ends” or purpose.
In particular, I believe we need to understand the purpose of systems in order
to effectively reform them. I’ve had a remarkably difficult time finding a
concise explanation of the purpose of government, so I’ve decided to start on my

The primary purpose of
government is to legitimize authority and socialize

It may be simplistic, but
at least it covers the issues that seem the most salient. In particular, the
breakdown of either one of these is usually the hallmark of a failed government
(as opposed to merely a bad one).