Murray Rothbard (1926-1995)

What the State fears above all, of course, is any fundamental threat to its own power and its own existence. We may test the hypothesis that the State is largely interested in protecting itself rather than its subjects by asking: which category of crimes does the State pursue and punish most intensely–those against private citizens or those against itself? The gravest crimes in the State’s lexicon are almost invariably not invasions of private person or property, but dangers to its own contentment.