Many people claim, however, that there are some NECESSARY coercive social interactions, such as taxes, obligatory history courses in schools, or bans on public drinking.
Political systems that adhere to this notion are called interventionist, as their proponents expect that the government will intervene in private choices of its subjects, limiting their freedom to act. We will not discuss here neither the purpose of such intervention, nor whether it is appropriate.
But let us think about something here:
Is there any political system that is based entirely on voluntary interpersonal interactions, under which a citizen has complete and utter control over their own life? A Political system that does not envision neither lord nor servant, neither owner nor slave? Under which a person has the individual right to separate good from evil, and be free just as the little prince?
Let us turn to philosophy for answers:
According to Ayn Rand, the American philosopher and well-known theoretician of freedom, each and every (adult) individual has the same full right to their life, and neither government institutions nor other people regardless of their needs can exert power over the individual’s decisions, body, nor property. In other words, no person can further their own goals against the will of other individuals by treating them as objects or tools. Any person inherently has natural rights to right to life (which is obvious), accompanied by the necessary right to property, and the right to freedom, i.e. to choose their own way of striving for happiness.
So what can violate natural rights and limit individual freedom? Only physical force or its credible threat can do that (no, we are not capable of paranormal activities like telekinesis!). Therefore, an ideal political system that protects individuals as much as possible so that they can live freely and according to their will should eliminate physical violence from interpersonal relations.
According to Rand: “In a capitalist society [that recognizes individual rights], no man or group may initiate the use of physical force against others. The only function of the government, in such a society, is the task of protecting man’s rights, i.e., the task of protecting him from physical force; the government acts as the agent of man’s right of self-defense, and may use force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use.”