Somalia is in a state of anarchy, in which several different authoritarian powers, all very hostile to liberty, are vying for control. This is nowhere near the type of system that libertarians call for, in which a strong central government exists solely to protect the liberty of a country’s citizens.
A libertarian government does several important things, all of which distinguish it from a state of anarchy:
1.) Maintains a military to defend the country from external attack.
2.) Constitutionally defines the defense of individual liberty as the fundamental purpose of government, and forbids the government from exceeding this role.
3.) Implements a legislature that clarifies the defense of liberty in particular scenarios, determining when violence has been enacted against another person, or when a contract has been violated.
4.) Implements a police force to stop citizens from enacting violence against one another, or from applying the type of force involved in violating a contract.
5.) Implements a judicial system to try cases in which someone claims to be a victim of violent force, to identify the facts of those cases, and to apply corrective measures.