Over at The Smallest Minority there's a rather interesting two part post entitled "Is the government responsible for your protection?" You can acess part 1 here & part 2 here.
Here's an excerpt from part 1:
"A lot of people seem to think so. "We need more police, better enforcement," is usually the refrain you hear when crime rates go up, or a string of crimes occurs. The police tell us that we shouldn't resist when we're being robbed or raped. It's called taking the law into your own hands when you do. It's the job of the police and the justice system - branches of the government - to protect you, according to most people. Certainly according to most police chiefs and elected officials.
But is it?
Let me tell you a story: ..."
Here's an excerpt from part 2:
"So what am I advocating? That the government make a public announcement that they aren't capable of protecting people, and besides, it isn't their job anyway, and that everybody would be well-advised to start carrying guns in a big hurry? (I was asked that question, verbatim, once.)
Let's take a few minutes and discuss 'the proper role of government'..."
Well written, well linked & well thought out. Read the whole thing.