Some people assert that we need the State because people are inherently evil and left to their own devices would rape and murder each other. It asserts that the State is the only entity responsible for the existence of civilization. This assertion contains various logical fallacies including the appeal to antiquity, appeal to authority, appeal to the stick, false dichotomy, and tautological contradiction of human nature.
The State is a parasite that fastens itself onto the neck of the industrious host. It produces no wealth and facilitates nothing. Indeed it is the broken window fallacy writ large. It destroy wealth due to its primary use of coercion and threats of violence that diverts valuable resources to achieve its ends. Civilization and free trade always precedes the State. Only when there is abundant prosperity can there exist a group of parasitical bureaucrats who siphon off a portion of that productivity by force to spend it on various boondoggles. It is not due to the State that civilization exists but entirely in spite of it. The State creates wealth like a tick creates blood.
Peaceful people engaging in voluntary consensual trade are what make the world a better place. Every voluntary transaction is the creation of wealth and the subsequent elevation of man’s default state of poverty. The best way to feed the poor and hungry is to free the market. The best way for people to defend themselves is to free the market. The best way to take care of the sick and elderly is to free the market. Freedom is the answer. What is the question?
If one rejects laissez faire on account of man’s fallibility and moral weakness, one must for the same reason also reject every kind of government action.
Ludwig von Mises