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Related to Locke

The existence of government is a social contract where we all give up the right of aggression and give that right to the state in order to gain maximum liberty free from aggression. Otherwise, we all have right to aggression. If the state breaks this contract, we have the right to use aggressive violence against it.

The doctrine of liberty does not forget that violence is a part of the world. It simply proposes that the sole purpose of government is to use violence on our behalf so that we may live in relative safety, comfort, and peace. It then becomes our responsibility to see that government does not abuse this right to use force and only uses it ways that we would find morally acceptable: against aggressors and con artists.