#non-aggression principle

All State Actions are Inherently Criminal

Published by on Jan 13, 2018

When someone talks about or alludes to the so-called 'proper role in government,' they are saying there are times when the initiation of force against peaceful people is justified. They are claiming that sometimes theft is okay. They are arguing that violating individual rights is acceptable under certain circumstances. … Read this article

The non-aggression principle is derived from logic and reason

Published by on Nov 28, 2016

The non-aggression principle (NAP) isn't some magical or mystical moral code handed down by a deity or discovered in ancient ruins, it's derived from logic and reason. Individuals can't all have the right to do whatever they want without there being constant conflict—I can't have the right to kill you without coming into conflict with your rights to do anything. … Read this article

Inalienable rights and the non-aggression principle

Published by on Oct 6, 2016

The non-aggression principle (NAP) is consistent with the view that rights are inalienable. If we accept that the right to not be aggressed against is inalienable, retribution and punishment are necessarily prohibited. Such a prohibition is consistent with the NAP as these retributive acts are not a direct response to aggression (as is self-defense) but are separate acts of force which one attempts to justify based on the past bad acts of a former aggressor. … Read this article

The Libertarian Argument for Refugee Resettlement

Published by on Nov 22, 2015

The subject of refugee resettlement has been a major point of contention lately, but the arguments offered by libertarians are particularly interesting in that they manage to arrive at entirely opposite conclusions despite ostensibly starting from the same fundamental principles. The basis of libertarianism is the non-aggression principle (or NAP.) This principle states that it is never morally acceptable to initiate force against another person. … Read this article

When should government initiate force?

Published by on Aug 21, 2015

Every political debate always boils down to a single question: when should government initiate force?

Should government initiate force to educate children? Should government initiate force to curtail drug use? Should government initiate force to make people drive more slowly? Should government initiate force to prevent a past offender from possibly reoffending? … Read this article

Where I Stand

Published by on Jul 24, 2014

Whenever conflict erupts (either military conflict or political conflict), there is a tendency among many people to blindly take sides with whichever "group" or party seems (at the moment) to be most in line with their worldview (or the least opposed to it.) This alignment is frequently expressed by declarations that one "stands" with a particular country, group, or cause. … Read this article