Can you still call yourself a monarchist while advocating some state functions beyond the night-watchman state?
For some time i’ve described myself as a minarchist, a form of libertarianism that advocates a night-watchman state. This is where the state only performs some basic functions, providing only the military, courts and police to prevent theft, citizens harming one another, breach of property laws and other crimes which affect other individuals. The government should also ensure the enforcement of the states borders and safety of their citizens from foreign actors.
Beyond these basic functions, a minarchist should argue the state should have no other interest in the lives of their citizens, they are free to act as they wish within their own property, as long as it has no affect on other citizens.
However, despite calling myself a minarchist i’ve long been a proponent of a national health system as well as free education up to the age of sixteen and the government providing infrastructure in the form of a road network. Apart from these three functions, and the other basic functions of government according to minarchists, I believe the government should perform no other functions.
Therefore, could I still be described as a minarchist? Am i perhaps a progressive minarchist, or just a libertarian? I’m interested to know your thoughts.
Originally posted on r/WhatsMyIdeology. Wanted to see if i’d get anymore interesting answers here.
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