Friday, January 25, 2008

Walter Block on the Only Legitimate Functions of the State

I just got done listening to this podcast, a talk by Walter Block on how libertarians analyze the role and purpose of law. It’s not clear to what group he is speaking, but it seems to be a non-libertarian group, or some kind of class interested in some basics of libertarian thought.

There was one part where he expertly explains the minarchist view of the role of the State, and it’s only legitimate functions. He says:
Armies to keep foreign guys off our back. Police to keep local bad guys off our back. And courts to determine who the good guys and the bad guys are.
Very well put.

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