"Nozick’s natural rights—particularly the right of self-ownership and the consequent right to the fruit’s of one’s labor—present an obvious problem if we desire any state at all, no matter how minimal.
If this is true, then Nozick’s natural rights necessarily demand anarchism. But Nozick doesn’t want to his natural rights to tie us to anarchy. Instead, he wants to argue that these rights are, in fact, compatible with a minimal state—what’s often called minarchism.
Nozick argues that we can get from anarchism to minarchism without anyone’s rights being trampled if we keep in mind the principle of compensation. His story goes like this..."