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The protection from force that is the protection of individual rights would be achieved through the use of a police force to protect the rights of citizens at home a military to protect the rights of citizens from foreign aggression and a court system to enforce contracts and settle disputes between citizens Since rights can only be violated by initiating force the government would only use force in retaliation of those who initiated it The greatest aggressor against man -- the greatest spiller of human blood has been the various governments that man has adopted throughout history Because the government holds a legal monopoly for the use of force the crimes committed by individuals acting on their own behalf are trivial compared to the crimes tyrannies and wholesale barbarism that governments are responsible for This is why it is crucial that governments be limited in their ability to use force by a constitution based upon individual rights That was the key insight of the Founding Fathers which made America freer than any other nation on earth Any other function of government than those listed above no matter what its intentions would necessitate the violation of rights by initiating the use of force against the people it is supposed to protect For example compulsory tax-supported education forces some people to pay for the schooling of others for whom they would not have voluntarily paid for
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