There is an interesting phenomenon in this country whereby some people believe that because they are of a certain age, they should no longer be responsible for paying certain types of taxes. It is particularly prevalent in the paying of property taxes that go to provide public school services. These folks claim that because they don't have children that attend public school, they should not have to pay a fee that includes education. Another variation on this idea comes from people who have school-age children, but because their children are home-schooled or attend private school, they claim they are double-taxed because they are paying for education (public school) services they don’t use while having to pay private tuition for their children.
Without laws and government to enforce them, people could pick or choose to opt in or opt out for services that are too expensive for one person to pay for. This example illustrates how laws and government work together to benefit everyone, whether they use a specific component of government services or not.
Think for a moment how often you encounter some type of government-provided service. Think of the sidewalks we walk on, the streets we drive or ride on, and the crosswalks, traffic lights, and traffic signs we encounter daily; these are probably all paid for by taxes collected by the government. The next time you receive a bill for your cell phone, look at how much of the cost of using the phone goes to pay 911 emergency services and other infrastructure that is required to make cell phones work.
Almost every purchase you make is taxed with the amount being returned to the citizens to fund parks, recreation areas, and other government services. The cleanliness of the water you drink and the air you breathe is the result of a government-enforced law requiring specific standards of cleanliness be maintained. The same holds true of the food you eat and medicine prescribed by a doctor. The cost of teachers, police officers, emergency services, and firemen are all provided by the government. Hopefully, you will never need the services of a police officer, but whether you do or don’t, they continue to protect you twenty-four hours a day. Much of our daily lives are protected, constructed, maintained, or impacted by government services and laws that we don’t see and take for granted. Laws play an essential role in government.
Laws form a government, and the government uses laws to organize the activities to assure citizens’ funds are available for all of the things mentioned earlier. Without laws and the government to enforce them, there would be chaos. Basic transactions such as the sale of property or automobiles would not be possible. People could openly discriminate against others. Without laws and the government to enforce them, anyone could commit a crime without fear of penalty. No one would be safe, and no one would have somewhere to adjudicate a claim against someone who wronged them without laws and the government. So while you may not feel the direct impact of laws and government, they do have an effect on your life.