Years ago I thought of myself as a “libertarian” who saw the small government philosophy of the nations founders as a radical solution to the problems of the Ancien Régime. We threw off “King and Altar” and formed a voluntary union of states under the Articles of Confederation.
I saw the problems of the USA empire as having started with leaving the Articles and leaving too many holes in the Constitution. Then I woke up and realized that Rothbard was right when he said all governments will grow in strength and power until they enslave you.
There is nothing to argue about. Some governments may be better than other governments just as some men are better than other men; but if you love liberty you can be no other than an anarchist.