CALEB M. WATTS
Economics Ph.D. Candidate
PERI Research Fellow
U.S. Army Officer*
You have to have a government to provide you with legal order, with stability, enforcement of property rights, enforcement of contracts, definition of rules and regulations - the rules of the game, so to speak - and to provide certain shared goods and services, public services. .. So we are way beyond the optimal, and that is easier to say than what the optimum is.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men [and women] stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
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