I strongly believe that libertarianism is the way. I know that taxation is sinfully wrong, and that the government needs to be ran without it. I'm just not 100% sure exactly what the government would look like in a libertarian society (although I have a pretty good idea, just need the holes filled in), so please help me.
In a libertarian society, there are no taxes, but the government size is possibly 1% of what it is now (give or take). Would the government need any sort of funding in order to run itself? If so, how would it acquire it without taxation? Would anyone holding a position in the government need a salary, or would it be a volunteer job? I'm assuming donations would work well. I'd personally be willing to donate if we had a libertarian government because I would respect the government.
How would the government handle actual crime (murder, theft) in terms of capturing and taking down criminals? Would there be any police? If so, would they be private or public? How would their salaries get paid? By donations? Would there be private or state prisons? How would they be funded? How would they be controlled, especially private prisons?
In terms of raising children, I believe that the state does have the right to set minimal, but very fair standards for raising a child, and the parent has the right to help the child pursue its best interest, according to their own belief, not the state's. How would the state enforce this? How would this be funded if at all? Do you agree with this? What would be fair laws for raising a child? Just keeping them healthy both physically and psychologically? Or would schooling be required as well? I'm not so sure about schooling being required because the child isn't being harmed in any way although one does owe it to the child to make sure that they do become rational beings, which would give them rights. Then again, schooling doesn't necessarily make one rational.
In a society where all roads are owned privately, how would the contract between private owner of roads and drivers look like? How would the private owners' rules (if any) be applied? By hired police-type people who have been given authority by both the road owners as well as those going into contracts with the road owners to enforce the contract? How would one deal with someone who wanted to shut down their road at all costs and would not open it for anyone? Even if that practically wouldn't happen, it still needs to be known how one would deal with that.
I may have more questions as this thread goes on, but let's start with these. Thanks to all who help me form my beliefs.
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