Nozick and the minimal state - what should the state do?
Posted on 2014-09-06
I'm trying to understand the ideas of Robert Nozick as expounded in his book "Anarchy, State and Utopia".
Is there anyone there who believes in a minimal state? If so could you tell me what the minimal state should do? As I understand it, the role of the state for Nozick is basically to act as a arbiter in disputes between individuals - but then I think it is also supposed to defend the state from external attack - is that basically it? Have I missed something important? Is there basically a body who makes the laws, a body who enforces the laws and a body who defends the state from attack?
How does Nozick stop the state from getting too powerful and turning from an instrument of the people into an oppressive force separate from the people?