Philosopher Robert Nozick famously argued that the individual’s natural right to life and property does not preclude the legitimacy of the state, as individualist anarchists would claim. Unfortunately, his argument failed to deal properly with moral objections to the state’s prohibition of people’s enforcement of their own rights.

Nicolás Maloberti is a fellow at Liberty Fund.
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