Those who ridicule government in a democracy are laughing at themselves.

It makes perfect sense, if you wanted to dominate a people, to get them to hate the safeguards that were protecting them. If you were a rich employer hoping to turn the population into cheap labor, it would make perfect sense to get them to hate the democratic process standing between you and what you want. Government is how people share power and prevent tyrants from making their decisions for them. If a person is politically free, but economically a slave, their political “freedom” is a facade. If they were really politically free they would be able (in co-operation with others) to set their own working conditions.

The following NPR piece traces the history of how “government” became a bad word.