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The Fraser Institute, Essential Nozick: The Minimal State

Essential Nozick: The Minimal State

Welcome to the essential ideas of Robert Nozick.

One of Nozick's key insights was reconciling the importance of individual rights,

and providing a rationale for government. He argued that only when government is

restricted to protecting it's citizen's rights can it exist

without violating those same rights - and he called this form of government the Minimal State.

For Nozick, this means that the state provides protective services like policing and national

defence for all citizens. And, that it is the only entity permitted to use force.

Some people today advocate for an expanded role for government, including: regulating what people

can buy and sell, with whom they can trade, and how much can be charged for a product or service.

For Nozick, all these functions violate people's rights. He also recognized that governments

are often pressured “to do something” deemed to be in “society's interests.”

For instance, many people support regulation of businesses in terms of what they sell,

how they sell, where they sell, etc. But Nozick believed that regardless

of the benefit, it is never ok to violate the rights of people.

And only in the Minimal State (where the government's role is solely to

protect people's rights) could government exist without violating those rights.

For more information on Robert Nozick, visit EssentialNozick.org, and to learn about

more essential scholars, visit EssentialScholars.org


Essential Nozick: The Minimal State

Welcome to the essential ideas of Robert Nozick.

One of Nozick's key insights was reconciling  the importance of individual rights, 诺齐克的主要见解之一是调和个人权利的重要性,

and providing a rationale for government. He argued that only when government is 并为政府提供理由。他认为,只有当政府

restricted to protecting it's  citizen's rights can it exist 只限于保护它的公民权利它可以存在吗

without violating those same rights - and he  called this form of government the Minimal State.

For Nozick, this means that the state provides  protective services like policing and national

defence for all citizens. And, that it is  the only entity permitted to use force.

Some people today advocate for an expanded role  for government, including: regulating what people

can buy and sell, with whom they can trade, and  how much can be charged for a product or service.

For Nozick, all these functions violate people's  rights. He also recognized that governments

are often pressured “to do something”  deemed to be in “society's interests.”

For instance, many people support regulation  of businesses in terms of what they sell,

how they sell, where they sell, etc. But Nozick believed that regardless

of the benefit, it is never ok  to violate the rights of people.

And only in the Minimal State (where  the government's role is solely to

protect people's rights) could government  exist without violating those rights.

For more information on Robert Nozick, visit  EssentialNozick.org, and to learn about

more essential scholars,  visit EssentialScholars.org