Murray Rothbard often described the government as a ‘gang of thieves writ large.’
His description captures the State’s true essence… coercion.
Any government, anywhere in the world, and at any time in history is simply a group of people with a monopoly on coercion in a certain geographic area. That’s it.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a democracy, monarchy, dictatorship, or something else.
Government is not about selfless public servants advancing some vague common good. It’s about brute force.
They don’t teach this in public schools. But it’s true.
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