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Initiated Force

What is initiated 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 …

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What do you and everyone else want?

Everyone seeks to increase their happiness. That’s why people… Don’t want their stuff stolen or vandalized. Don’t want to be injured or killed. Move away from harm and towards pleasure. Happiness is a primary human goal. But some may object… “Not everyone is happy.” Of course not, but even unhappy people seek happiness over harm. “There are other motivations besides …

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Zero Aggression Principle

What is the Zero Aggression Principle (ZAP)?

The Zero Aggression Principle (ZAP)*  is the key libertarian idea. It says — Don’t aggress against others, personally or politically. This means… Limit force to defensive purposes (e.g. criminal justice) Let people live by their own conscience, provided they permit the same to others. Libertarians want a world where governments only use force defensively — no aggression! If this idea attracts …

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Is democracy inherently perverted?

Perversion: the distortion of something from what was intended. Representative democracy is intended to provide self-rule. It does nothing of the sort. The logic is inescapable… In a democracy, the majority vote counts 100% but the minority vote counts 0%. Read that again. Let it sink in.  The majority rules the minority. So democracy isn’t self-rule. Democracy perverts the concept …

Isn’t voluntaryism just another ideology?

Voluntaryism is not an ideology; that is, it’s not a political agenda. It’s a critique of political action as a method for solving any social problem. An ideology is a political plan for the betterment of society. Do you… think politicians can create productive jobs? believe politicians can protect traditional values? endorse the notion that laws teach morality? assume that …

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Should zero aggression always be your starting point?

When you’re trying to solve problems in your personal life, which do you do first, look for a violent solution or a peaceful one? Most people forgo the violent approach… Except when it comes to politics. Then, they’re desperate to find excuses for State aggression. They want a “law” that will impose their personal preferences on other people. The reverse …

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How do we expand our liberty?

People seek to increase their happiness. Happiness is a primary human goal. Different people find pleasure in different things. Think about what makes you happy. Then ask yourself… Are you happier when your conscience is violated? Does your joy increase when your choices get restricted or removed? Well, what is true for you is also true for other people… My …

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What does everyone, including you, want?

Every human being, including you, wants to avoid aggression. No one wants to be harmed. Aggression is the violation of your person or property. It’s criminal to impose things on people, rather than acquire consent. A person might agree to a boxing match but reject being mugged Masochists who can gain pleasure from pain nevertheless use “safe words” to limit …