Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rothbard Destroys A Common Statist Argument

I agree with this in every respect except one: society does need a State with no power except the control of the retaliatory use of force when a citizen violates another citizen's rights. Such a State must be designed to possess a monopoly on the use of retaliatory force. (No man or State can prevent initiatory force if a man chooses to initiate the force.) The State is to possess this monopoly so long as the Constitution which grants this monopoly gives ALL rights of control to the people. If it objectively violates its charter, the people have the right to destroy it and begin anew. The monopoly on the use of retaliatory force is essential to prevent thrusting the society into perpetual turf wars of competing defense companies.

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