the very basics of libertarianism

in short, libertarianism is the philosophy of freedom. it advocates for all and in every situation, freedom from the coercion of others. a libertarian believes that a person who does not initiate force against another person, should be free from the initiation of force from others. That idea is summed up in the "non aggression principle", THE principle of libertarianism: no one has the right to initiate force against others.

it's basically what each child is taught by parents at an early age, "don't hurt others if they haven't hurt you". seems simple, right? then it may come as a surprise that the vast majority of people utterly oppose this doctrine in practical reality.

it may be helpful to start off with some definitions:

rights: the entitlement to one's property

property: those items belonging to an individual beginning with one's own self, attained without the initiation of force.

initiation of force: the act of first coercion against the property of others.

a libertarian believes that it is morally wrong and deleterious to civilized society to initiate force upon others. to be clear, this does not include the use of force in defense, which is why we refer to the initiation of force, rather than retaliation to force.

for example: one day you are walking down the street and a person approaches you and grabs your wallet, this person has initiated force against you. in other words, he started it. if you respond with force in defense, you are justified.

the difference between a libertarian and anyone else is that a libertarian consistently advocate the non aggression principle. all non-libertarians sometimes oppose force initiation, but sometimes approve of it. the non-libertarian may scoff at such a statement. "i'm not a libertarian and never support criminals robbing others!" ah, but they do! when the idea becomes more abstract, the non-libertarian may not recognize the initiation of force for what it is - and that is where the next post will begin.


Anonymous said…
Congrats on your kewl blog. Have you seen this youtube video? It ties into force, government schools and the worship of statism as related to the Pledge of Allegiance.
mccocokay said…
I like the example where
tapping the aggressor on the head with a pipe is acceptable
Colleen one seeking truth north
Unknown said…
Okay. I'm getting my background info. This is written with a much wider audience appeal, i.e., a newcomer.

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