The Libertarian Minimal State? A Critique of the Views of Nozick, Levin and Rand

Journal of Avn Rand Studies, 2002

17 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2011  

Walter E. Block

Loyola University New Orleans - Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business

Date Written: July 7, 2011

Abstract

The concept of limited government libertarianism has lead somewhat of a bandit life in intellectual circles.

This is the view that laissez faire capitalism is the only just economic system, that all men should obey the libertarian axiom of non aggression against non aggressors, a system based on self ownership and private property, and that the sole legitimate function of government is to protect persons and property against force or the threat of force; and that to attain this end the only proper role for government is to maintain armies to keep foreign bad guys off our backs, police to keep local villains from violating our rights, and courts to determine who is the good guy and who is the bad guy.

Suggested Citation

Block, Walter E., The Libertarian Minimal State? A Critique of the Views of Nozick, Levin and Rand (July 7, 2011). Journal of Avn Rand Studies, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1881074

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