Lew Rockwell (in 2004)

The state is not the foundation of society, it is not the source of our security, it does not bring about prosperity, and it does not protect us. Government instead stands outside of society and lives off its proceeds, and does so for its own benefit and not that of society. If people have liberty, property, and law; they have the basis for what it takes to make a civilization. Anything that compromises those institutions is a force for de-civilization.