Can the State Enforce Virtuous Behavior?
By Robert Higgs
This article appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of The Independent Review

States can do many things, but among the many things they cannot do is successfully enforce virtuous behavior. The practice of virtue, by its very nature, is something chosen freely in order to act virtuously, rather than something that can be done merely to avoid the government’s punishment.

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