I often hear the quip that "Government has a monopoly of the use of force." Is that true? Really?
Government might have a laundry list of justifications for using force, but other people use force all the time: criminals, citizens defending themselves and others against criminals (and occasionally the government), and private police.
monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force in the enforcement of its order."
And here's a gem: "private force (as in private security) can be used
too, as long as it has legitimacy derived from the state." - Wikipedia.
That sounds nice, but if you believe in rights, then the legitimate use of force does not rest with the state, but in the hands of the individual - for self defense or in the defense of another. No agent of a government has the right to use force to enforce the state's order.
Even if government has created a pile of statutes that violate natural, common, and constitutional law, government has not yet created an illegal monopoly of violence - yet. Good for us.