A Fun Question

Dave Killion — April 8, 2012

To the extent that a government has any legitimacy, it must protect the rights of its citizens. Of course, in a libertarian society, the government would remove all trade barriers, but less enlightened nations wouldn’t be so inclined. So when the citizens of a libertarian nation attempt to trade with the citizens of a non-libertarian nation in a fashion that violates the regulations of the non-libertarian nation, the non-libertarian government will intervene.

Just how far should the libertarian government go in defending the rights of its citizens to engage in consensual exchange? War?

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David says

I don’t think it should do anything. Since “war is the health of the state” it would only make it grow larger and more powerful.

— April 8, 2012

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