Murray Rothbard (1926-1995)

Throughout history groups of men calling themselves ‘the government’ or ‘the State’ have attempted, usually successfully, to gain a compulsory monopoly of the commanding heights of the economy and the society. In particular, the State has arrogated to itself a compulsory monopoly over police and military services, the provision of law, judicial decision-making, the mint and the power to create money, unused land (‘the public domain’), streets and highways, rivers and coastal waters, and the means of delivering mail.