Comment: Definition

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Again, we need to know what definitions we are using. I wrote an entire post about it if you'd like to read it. It's called "A government without taxes?"
In any case, lets take the definition of government: the political direction and control exercised over the actions of the members, citizens, or inhabitants of communities, societies, and states; direction of the affairs of a state, community, etc.; political administration.
Now, without taxes, lets take this example; Five men get together and agree to a system by which they all respect each other's property rights. If one man steals, the other 4 agree that they will use the smalles amount of force necessary to restore the property to the victim by taking it back from the theif. In this example, the 5 men don't need to hire a police chief, or congressmen. They simply agree to the idea that if one person steals from another, the others will intervene. By the definition, this is a political body who is "controlling" the actions of the theif. It doesn't require taxes, only the agreement of the memebers to respect individual rights. It isnt' anarchy because the five men have agreed to use force if any individual breaks the covenent of individual rights. None of them need to be paid however, nor do they need to have full time employees to enforce this agreement.

Free market capitalism isn't right for America because it works better. It's right because it's free (and it works better).