First, apologies for no blog yesterday. My mother was visiting...much more important!
Act 2: Power
According to political science theory, public welfare is a significant player in national power. The number of people, their age and their state of education, health and morale, all build part of the foundation a nation's power is built upon. Population in general is important to provide large armies and a large workforce. Countries with small populations seldom hold a lot of power on the international stage. Having a population that is not too aged is also important.
Education and health are limiting factors in what the population can do for a country. Research and development is a salient factor in the international game of power, and a country with a poorly educated population will lose out in this area. A nation with a population in poor health can drained of its power by exorbitant health care costs, and an unproductive work force.
Morale can make or break nations. Which is why you see dictators injecting their populous with propaganda that makes them feel swelling national pride. Eventually, if the morale of a country is not supported by real value, that country will fall.
"...all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security."
-The Declaration of Independence
The last post showed that public welfare is a matter of self-interest, on the part of the government. This post shows that public welfare is a matter of power for a government. Still, these have not shown public welfare to be a responsibility or an act of compassion. I have only only shown a reasonable government strategy for maintaining order and power.