Good luck doing without one. Have you ever tried living in a commune with "no government"?
Larry Niven did an interesting fictional account of this in "Cloak of Anarchy", http://www.larryniven.net/stories/cloak_of_anarchy.shtml.
Living in a commune? Isn't that about the same as living with our current "gov". I think that is how Thomas Jefferson or Benjamin Franklin would see are current system. Everybody working for the state doing nothing useful.
Last time I know was when they started write something beginning with "We, the people".
It was downhill from there.
Good point. About the only time our government was helpful was when they had been oppressed. When they were actually trying to protect themselves. Since then they have been the oppressors.
The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.