Yesterday, 07:02 AM
Government is the provision of law and order. The "state" is the firm (or institution) that claims a monopoly on the provision of law and order within a certain territory. In the absence of a state, government is provided by competing firms. More likely, the various governmental services are each provided by competing firms, which may or may not compete in the other governmental services industries. In a stateless society, there would be no dispute adjudicator "of last resort," and all disputes may be adjudicated by a truly impartial third-party. Contrast this with the state, where the state's monopoly on dispute adjudication means that not only is the state the adjudicator of last resort, but it is also the adjudicator of disputes involving itself. A clear violation of a basic principle of jurisprudence, nemo iudex in sua causa, or "no one should be a judge in their own cause."