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What is the meaning of Limited government?

A government that is subject to strict limits on its lawful uses of power, and hence on its ability to deprive people of their liberty


What is the meaning of Social contract?

A voluntary agreement by individuals to form government, which then is obligated to act within the confines of the agreement


What is the meaning of Inalienable (natural) rights?

Those rights that persons theoretically possessed in the state of nature, prior to the formation of governments. These rights, including those of life, liberty, and property, are considered inherent and, as such, are inalienable. Since government is established by people, government has the responsibility to preserve these rights


What is the meaning of Self-government?

The principle that the people are the ultimate source and should have a voice in their governing (in practice, self-government has come to mean a government based on majority rule)