Excellent comment, AWN.
Might I add the Judge missed this aspect too: If a source other than the individual regulates self defense, that source is one (wrong) move away from being a tyrant because his position to harm the defenseless person is available at any time and without harm to himself at any time.
In support of that aspect is discussing history: The centrality in society, the State, has had a monopoly on force and as if one wrong one of its member's commits against a citizen wasn't bad enough, many of those wrongs, State member wrongs against citizens, have been made. So, how is it possible that a monopoly on force is good for the individual NOT in that monopoly? Further, and for argument's sake, if everyone is in the monopoly, why have the monopoly, an oxymoron? Therefore, dissolve the monopoly without constructing rules that build another monopoly; let people be, be yourself.
I hope Judge brings up that aspect and its support next time he talks about this topic, self defense. Sames goes for anyone reading this comment: Hammer home self defense AND that its importance includes defense against man's most heated opponent in history, the State.
We needn't be afraid of discussing defense against the State. The more we discuss defense against the State, the sooner it'll be easy to discuss with people and persuade them, an argument that if successful, I think, would empower the individual to defend himself in all matters of State wrongs, from its infraction to its flagrance.
School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me
Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.