Every once in a while we have a reader assert that the government is in fact US, you and me. That to try to rein in government, to see the state with caution, to recognize the reality that government fundamentally is coercion and more often than not does not work in the interests of the people is to see things incorrectly. The government is composed of people. As such the government is a tool of the people.
It’s a quaint notion and one which has been used effectively by the powers that be to keep the peasants in check for centuries.
The notion however is not true. Below are some thoughts on the subject from Murray Rothbard.