I'm still a little leery about a government that can "protect peoples' rights" though. I don't know if that is the same thing as a government that only can act in punishing force or fraud or in compelling restitution, which is what I'm in favor of. The former seems to give government more wiggle room, even if it shouldn't. The U.S. is now an oligarchy. We have a tradition of certain freedoms and competition amongst many oligarchs, which makes us one of the best and freest oligarchies around. I don't know how much longer it will be that way though.