Como salido de un manual de economía liberal, el Economist da, en su último artículo de tapa, practicamente una definición de lo que debería ser el Estado:
"Moreover, even the most stalwart defenders of the free market, including this newspaper, admit it has shortcomings that only the government can address. The financial system requires close oversight, or crises will destabilise it. (...) Only government can enforce competition rules, insist that business and consumers limit carbon-dioxide emissions, or intervene to make health care available to those too sick or poor to afford it. And the current crisis calls for aggressive and temporary fiscal and monetary intervention that is not justified in ordinary times.