In violent times
You shouldn't have to sell your soul
In black and white
They really, really ought to know
--Tears for Fears
Statists like to think that government brings civility. Without government, society would deteriorate into chaos.
It is precisely the opposite.
Political action involves violence and force via the strong arm of the state to get what one wants. Violence and force are the essence of de-civility. As the state grows, chaos beckons.
Those seeking civility in human affairs would be wise to shrink the state in favor of peaceful and voluntary transactions.