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George Bender - you said:"We need government to run services that people have decided [emphasis added] they want to pay for together through taxes, such as schools, libraries, etc. We also need government to keep business under control so it can't exploit us, which is the core of Nader's campaign. The problem for some time now has been that business is not regulated, and it has taken over the government. "
If I were to label my political views, I would probably use the words libertarian/anarchist among others, but in fact I do agree with you in the main (solidarity is key!). The government structures you describe are wholesome and beneficial, although there is still the concern of mandatory taxation (for those who choose to "opt-out" of all benefits... an uncommon bunch, therefore not harmful to the overall budget.)
As I see it, the key to preventing corruption, and influence of regulatory structures by big business, is transparency, as well as a complete ban on bribery, or "campaign contribution" as it is described euphemistically by those who benefit from the arrangement. A state acting without the profit motive would be far more likely to stay within the covenant it arranged with the people (witness the rapidly expanding corporate state in the U.S., and note the corresponding decline of original Constitutional protections.