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Gaus I 120
Individuals/minimal state/Gaus/Mack: Liberty/individuals: How, consistent with unreconstructed liberty norms, could the minimal state acquire the resources necessary to finance the services it supplies?
>Society/Minimal state.
The key to the minimal statist’s answer is that individuals do not have original (pre-contractual) moral claims to the various forms of protection that the state proposes to provide. Whereas individuals have original moral claims not to be interfered with or harmed by others in certain ways, individuals do
Gaus I 121
not have original moral claims that other agents protect them against those interferences or harms.
Protection: (...) the friends of the minimal state [say], this agency is under no pre-contractual obligation to provide individuals with the protection in which it specializes. It is, therefore, free to offer its presumably highly valued protective services for sale – as is any aspiring supplier of valuable services. >Taxation/Minimal State.


Mack, Eric and Gaus, Gerald F. 2004. „Classical Liberalism and Libertarianism: The Liberty Tradition.“ In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications.


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Minimal State
Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004


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