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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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In libertarian political philosophy, a night-watchman state is a model of a State whose only functions are to provide its citizens with the military, the police, and courts, thus protecting them from aggression, theft, breach of contract, and fraud and enforcing property laws. It is a model commonly supported by minarchists.

19th-century Britain has been described as standard-bearer of this form of government among European countries.

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