… the Constitution has proved to be an instrument for ratifying the expansion of State power rather than the opposite. … any written limits that leave it to government to interpret its own powers are bound to be interpreted as sanctions for expanding and not binding those powers. In a profound sense, the idea of binding down power with the chains of a written constitution has proved to
be a noble experiment that failed.
…The libertarian system would meet this problem by scrapping the entire notion of creating a government — an institution with a coercive monopoly of force over a given territory — and then hoping to fi nd ways to keep that government from expanding. The libertarian alternative is to abstain from such a monopoly government to begin with.
Murray N. Rothbard, Ph.D.
For a New Liberty, p. 84
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