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Old 04-04-06, 04:46 AM
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Minarchist states?

I've become very interested in political theory, more specifically, political philosophy dealing with minimalist states, libertarianism, freedom, and so forth.

I ask you knowledgeable people: Which countries in the world could be described properly as minimalist states, ie. where the state ONLY serves to uphold and protect the rights of individuals?
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I'm guessing France.
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I'm guessing France.
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Old 04-04-06, 03:24 PM
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Which countries in the world could be described properly as minimalist states, ie. where the state ONLY serves to uphold and protect the rights of individuals?
Some of the Eastern European states might qualify. They have very low tax rates and definitely aren't socialist.
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Some of the Eastern European states might qualify. They have very low tax rates and definitely aren't socialist.
Yes, because when I hear "Eastern Europe" I immediately think of individual rights.
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you would need a very small and socio-economically, and ethnically similar state in order for it to generally agree on how to do things without needingd a government to spell it out, I reckon. Isolation would definitely help as well I would guess. I would think small independent island countries may be closest, but I have no concrete names. I would look at pacific island countries like the maldives and micronesia first just to see what they're doing. I don't know though.
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The riviera/monaco? I hear rich people go there so they don't have to pay taxes.
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According to the CIA world fact book, Mauritius is pretty laid back. they have a parlementary democracy, but I don't know how big it's footprint is.
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I would think probably Hong Kong is the closest but being part of China now I think there's a little less freedom to criticize the Chinese government than there used to be. Still, China has mostly let Hong Kong alone economically.
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Old 04-04-06, 07:36 PM
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Yes, because when I hear "Eastern Europe" I immediately think of individual rights.
I know what you mean but since they've thrown off the socialists, they've made great progress, their economies are much better than old Europe. Ireland is also up there due to huge cuts in taxes. Their total tax rates are lower than the US and their economy is much more robust than England's or Germany's.
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