Comment: And can you not see the great potential for continuous conflict?

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And can you not see the great potential for continuous conflict?

With everyone deciding for themselves what is a good retaliation for an encroachment what would stop the cycle of mercenaries killing as a response to theft, then another mercenary group killing the one who hired the others to murder the theif and so on? The benefit of an agreed upon and moral government is that the government is given the monopoly on legal use of force in defense of liberty. This means the government is the agreed upon final arbiter of disputes.