It is well known that the radical libertarian philosopher Robert Nozick sharply distinguished his vision of the free society from egalitarian liberals such as John Rawls. Less remarked upon is the distinction he drew between the free society governed by a strictly limited government, commonly referred to as 'minarchism', and the society without any government at all - anarchism. In this volume, the editors, Long - an anarchist - and Machan - a minarchist - have brought together a selection of specially commissioned essays from key theorists actively involved in this debate. Each tackles the question of whether or not a government forms a legitimate part of a free society or whether anarchy/minarchy is merely a distinction without a difference.

part 1|84 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

Why the State Needs a Justification

ByLester H. Hunt

chapter 2|6 pages

Libertarianism, Limited Government and Anarchy

ByJohn Roger Lee

chapter 3|17 pages

Rationality, History, and Inductive Politics

ByAdam Reed

chapter 4|19 pages

Objectivism against Anarchy

ByWilliam R. Thomas

chapter 5|26 pages

Reconciling Anarchism and Minarchism 1

ByTibor R. Machan

part 2|104 pages


chapter 6|16 pages

Radical Freedom and Social Living

ByAeon James Skoble

chapter 7|8 pages

The State: From Minarchy to Anarchy

ByJan Narveson

chapter 8|21 pages

The Obviousness of Anarchy

ByJohn Hasnas

chapter 9|22 pages

Market Anarchism as Constitutionalism

ByRoderick T. Long

chapter 10|34 pages

Liberty, Equality, Solidarity Toward a Dialectical Anarchism

ByCharles Johnson