We've argued over the house left to burn because the homeowner failed to pay an optional fee for fire protection, and many "Libertarians'" or conservatives have argued vehemently against using the taxing power of government to assure fire protection for every structure. Fine, fine fine....but it left me wondering, what do Libertarians see as essential government services? I'm sure there's no one universally-accepted Libertarian hymnal, but I have read so often on USMB that "education is never mentioned in the constitution" and "the general welfare clause does not support Obamacare", etc. I am fairly certain most Libertarians are opposed to any social program whatsoever. Am I correct in this? What about national defense? Immigration and border protection? How about currency, banking regulation etc.? Any role for government in this vein considered to be essential by Libertarians? What about criminal law and justice? Would a Libertarian support anti-drug or anti-abortion laws? Anti-suicide laws? Anti-murder laws? We could just close all government offices and declare the US is now a ginormous commune. Does that appeal to a Libertarian? Just how close is a Libertarian to an anarchist?