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Anarchy, State, and Utopia by Robert Nozick

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CHAPTER

       3

Moral Constraints and the State

THE MINIMAL STATE AND THE ULTRAMINIMAL STATE

THE night-watchman state of classical liberal theory, limited to the functions of protecting all its citizens against violence, theft, and fraud, and to the enforcement of contracts, and so on, appears to be redistributive.1 We can imagine at least one social arrangement intermediate between the scheme of private protective associations and the night-watchman state. Since the night-watchman state is often called a minimal state, we shall call this other ...

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