What do libertarians propose as the alternative to state coercion?

Persuasion

Statists use the same approach to every problem…

  • Legislate
  • Dictate
  • Threaten
  • Punish

Statists always want to initiate force to impose speculative, untested, single-sized schemes on all of society. Libertarians view this as immoral and anti-social.

Libertarians propose peaceful persuasion and voluntary cooperation as the alternative to state coercion. If you have an idea for solving a social problem, don’t ask The State to impose your idea on people. Instead, pursue your idea in a pro-social way…

  • Use persuasion
  • Appeal to empathy
  • Take direct action

Why waste time lobbying Congress to impose your scheme by force, when you can persuade people to start executing your idea instantly, voluntarily?

Libertarians believe governments must obey the Zero Aggression Principle. Governments must not initiate force. They must only use force defensively. 

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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.

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.

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  1. I agree with you, but I would add that voluntary decentralization needs to take place to bring about peace. There is no such thing as a genuine representative government. Under our current system, people use the club of government to restrict other peoples freedom, and it would take more than convincing the entrenched government to embrace the NAP to end it.
    We as a society should create a searchable database of neighborhoods having certain values so that others can move there, forming over time communities of like-minded people. Purely hypothetical examples include: Baptists who value pristine lawns but think smoking weed is fine could live among each other. Catholics who like working on their cars up on blocks in their yards can live among themselves. Atheists who wish to live in travel trailers can live among themselves. People who are happy living among either group can stay put. There is no limit to the number of completely different communities that can be established, and doing this removes the temptation to create laws and ordinances.

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