Thursday, April 3, 2014

Defending libertarianism: The non-aggression principle

I want to start a series of posts defending libertarian principles against the critics of libertarianism. To start, I want to explain what libertarianism is. The founding principle of libertarianism is the non-aggression principle.

Simply put the non-aggression principle states that "It is wrong to initiate aggression." Most people will claim to agree with the principle but most confusion about the libertarian position constitutes a failure to understand the application of this principle.

Broadly speaking, the non-aggression principle asserts that it is wrong to use violence or threats of violence in a non-defensive manner. Going forward, I will apply this principle to refute objections and defend libertarian conclusions.

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