THOUGHTS ON GOVERNMENT FROM ROBERT HEINLEIN:
Any government will work if authority and responsibility are equal and coordinate. This does not insure “good” government, it simply insures that it will work. But such governments are rare — most people want to run things, but want no part of the blame. This used to be called the “backseat driver” syndrome.
Still timely, in an era where things don’t work, but it’s nobody’s fault.
Also from Heinlein: “Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.” Ya think?