Comment: I'll Start By Asking This Question

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I'll Start By Asking This Question

What is a minarchism? According to this definition (see: http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Minarchism ) "... is a libertarian political ideology which maintains that the state's only legitimate function is the protection of individuals from aggression, theft, breach of contract, and fraud."

I view this definition as misleading because of the phrase, "protection of". Government doesn't protect the people, government punishes those who commit acts of assault and theft (fraud being a variation of theft).

Why should government assume the role of the adversarial party who has been wronged (the plaintiff)? Why not allow the injured party to seek restitution in a court of law instead of a state elected district attorney as is done in a restorative system of justice (see: http://www.restorativejustice.org/university-classroom/01int... )?