I may be rebuked for the argument in the post below that “you know that government is evil, yet you still consciously will it to be. I, a libertarian anarchist, also know that there will be a sharp increase in private crime under my system, but I do not, on the contrary, will this private crime. I do not ideologically sanction private crime, as you do the (minimal) state.”
Alright, I caught myself.
Given that I am a “city-state” libertarian, permitting only local governments united perhaps into a weak confederation whose only purpose is it enforce free trade among the cities; given that, I’ll call local governments “fighting fire with fire.” These governments will inevitably go wrong on some issues, but on the whole, their benefits will far outweigh the costs.
In that case, then, I cannot say that governments are “by nature” or “essentially” gangs of thieves and murderers. They can be “good” if made extremely small. Thus, I agree with Mises about the following:
… some people have called government an evil, although admitting that it is a necessary evil.
However, what is required to attain an end sought and considered as beneficial is not an evil in the moral connotation of this term, but a means, the price to be paid for it.
Government as such is not only not an evil, but the most necessary and beneficial institution, as without it no lasting social cooperation and no civilization could be developed and preserved. It is a means to cope with an inherent imperfection of many, perhaps of the majority of all people. …
It is a double-edged makeshift to entrust an individual or a group of individuals with the authority to resort to violence. The enticement implied is too tempting for a human being. The men who are to protect the community against violent aggression easily turn into the most dangerous aggressors. They transgress their mandate. They misuse their power for the oppression of those whom they were expected to defend against oppression.
The main political problem is how to prevent the police power from becoming tyrannical. This is the meaning of all the struggles for liberty. (Ultimate Foundations, 98)
Governments are gangs of thieves and murderers only if we consider the governments that are (and would inevitably be) created given the present ideological sentiments of the people.
The people sanction government theft and murder; no wonder governments find it easy to steal and kill.
So, this is the sense in which I mean what I wrote.