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Neither the government, nor state institutions should interfere in the workings of the free market. The state is there simply to enforce contracts and to ensure economic activity can go on free from violence.

From the perspective of working people who see private education, private health care and private social services divide citizens by class, race and gender, equal access is something the state should guarantee. The state can and should manage public assets in order to benefit all of society. 1 The state should not set up an economic framework that guarantees privilege for a few.

1. Gibbins and Youngman, 92.

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