[ Thursday, July 03, 2003 ]


Off-Topic: A Dan Hayes definition


noun. Derived from anarchist. An advocate of minimal government, often described as the night watchman state, in which the state exist legitimately only to enable appropriate law and order and to deal with collective territorial defense.

Such as state can exist to reinforce the liberty of individuals but not to 'do things' and is therefore a largely 'apolitical polity' guarding the boundaries of civil society.

Some minarchists view this as a transitional state leading inevitably to completely stateless anarcho-capitalism, whilst others see minarchy as a stable end point.

Whilst this is not a blog specific term, it is often used on 'pundit blogs', many of which are libertarian, hence its inclusion here.

(via Samisdata).

Jeff [10:08 AM]

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