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What is initiated force?

Initiated Force
Initiated force is what justifies defensive force.
What do libertarians mean when they talk about initiated force? Initiated force is like throwing the first punch. But it’s more than that. It includes using threats of violence to gain submission.

Criminals do this without trying to justify it. But the most adept gangsters — politicians — make excuses. They claim their terrorism is needed to achieve indispensable goals. Notice how twisted this is. You would never try to achieve good ends by….

  • Pointing guns at people
  • Threatening to cage people
  • Shooting people for resisting your good intentions

But that’s exactly how politicians use the “gunpoint proxy” you give them.

  • They act in your name, if not at your direction
  • Their “policies” threaten violence
  • You must obey and pay, or armed agents will harm you

Politicians hide this brutality behind weasel-words like “public policy,” “unintended consequences” and “collateral damage.” But the victims are real. We aim to “zero-out” this harm. Widespread acceptance of the Zero Aggression Principle will encourage people to…

  • Look for the gun behind every State action
  • Feel empathy for the victims
  • End initiated force

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Perry Willis

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Perry Willis

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Perry Willis is the co-founder of the Zero Aggression Project and Downsize DC. He was the National Director of the Libertarian National Committee on two occasions, and ran two Libertarian Party presidential campaigns. He has an extensive background in marketing and fundraising, and has ghost written direct mail appeals for numerous luminaries, including Karl Hess, Ron Paul, Charlton Heston and Harry Browne.

Jim Babka

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Jim Babka

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Jim Babka is co-founder of the Zero Aggression Project and President of DownsizeDC.org, Inc. He’s an author and former talk show host.
Previously, he was the President of RealCampaignReform.org, Inc., defending free press rights all the way to the Supreme Court. He and Susie are the proud, home-schooling parents of three teenagers. He enjoys theology, UFC, target practice, and Tai Chi.

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  1. I believe these ideas are in line with the ideals of our founding fathers and the Constitution.

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