minarchy

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minarchy (countable and uncountable, plural minarchies)

  1. (countable) Government with the least necessary power over its citizens.
    • 2005, Serge-Christophe Kolm, Macrojustice: The Political Economy of Fairness, page 373:
      This "minarchy," often dubbed the "nightwatchman State," reduced to police (and possibly army), is their historical ideal - and even in present days that of philosopher Nozick, for instance.
    • 2011, Farhoud Rastegar, From Bushman to Bush: As History Has Brought Us to a Point of No Return, page 101:
      In minarchy the owner of a property is the sole owner of the private propety and what comes out of it.
    • 2012, Charles Johnson, “Toward a Dialectical Anarchism”, in Roderick T. Long, Tibor R. Machan editor, Anarchism/Minarchism: Is a Government Part of a Free Country?, page 156:
      But even the most minimal minarchy, at some point, must claim its citizens' exclusive allegiance

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