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The Philosophy of Liberty
Interested in hearing what elements of this philosophy you disagree/agree with.
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PHILOSOPHY OF LIBERTY
is the principle based on self-ownership
you own your life
to deny this is to imply that another person has a higher claim on your life than you do
no other person, or group of persons owns your life
nor do you own the lives of others
you exist in time
future, present and past
this is manifest in life, liberty and the product of your life and liberty
to lose your life is to lose your future
to lose your liberty is to lose your present
to lose the product of your life and liberty is to lose that portion of your past that produced it
a product of your life and liberty is property
property is the fruit of your labor, the product of your time, energy and talents
property is that part of nature which you turn to valuable use
property is the property of others that is given to you by voluntary exchange and mutual consent
two people who exchange property voluntarily are both better off or they wouldn't do it
only they may rightfully make that decision for themselves
at times some people use force or fraud to take from others without voluntary consent
the initiation of force of fraud
to take life is murder, to take liberty is slavery and to take property is theft
it is the same whether these actions are done by one person acting alone, by the many acting against the few or even by officials with fine hats
you have the right to protect your own life, liberty and justly acquired property from the forceful aggression of others
and you may ask others to help defend you
but you do not have the right to initiate force against the life, liberty and property of others
thus you have no right to designate some person to initiate force against others on your behalf
you have the right to seek leaders for yourself
but you have no right to impose rulers onto others
no matter how officials are selected
they are only human beings and they have no rights or claims that are higher than those of any other human beings
regardless of the imaginative label of their behavior
or the number of people encouraging them
officials have no right to murder, to enslave or the steal
you cannot give them any rights that you do not have yourself
since you own your life, you are responsible for your life
you do not rent your life from others who demand your obedience
nor are you a slave to others who demand your sacrifice
you choose your own goals based on your own values
success and failure are both the necessary incentives to learn and grow
your action on behalf of others or their action on behalf of you is virtuous only when it is derived from voluntary mutual consent
for virtue can exist only where there is free choice
this is the basis of a truly free society
it is not only the most practical and humanitarian foundation for human action, it is also the most ethical
problems in the world that arise from the initiation of force by government have a solution
the solution is for the people of the earth to stop asking government officials to initiate force on their behalf
evil does not arise only from evil people, but also from good people who tolerate the initiation of force against others
in this manner, good people have empowered evil people throughout history
having confidence in a free society is to focus on the process of discovery in the marketplace of values
rather than to focus on some imposed vision or goal
using governmental force to impose a vision on others is intellectual sloth
and typically results in unintended, perverse consequences
achieving a free society requires courage
to think to talk and to act
especially when it is easier to do nothing...
Damn that was long, but interesting. Its a nice thought but i doubt you would ever be able to achieve a soceity like that. There will always be some greedy people, to enslave you, steal from you, or kill you, and that is why we need government to infringe on some of our rights to keep us safe. That video pretty much wants us to go back to the state of nature, which is somthing most philosephers agree was a dark evil sad time, even if it was free.
Also question, umm when are these 20,000 people moving to NH and are you one of them?
"Everyone should try arrogance, it's absolutely wonderful. You can go out, do whatever you want, and go home. And the best part is, no matter what you do, or how much you ***** everything up, nothing's ever your fault because 'thou art god'."
-Bernard M. Smith, the <u>real</u> Michael Smith and modern day Petronius
I'll update the original post with a transcription of the videoOriginally posted by IGgeneral@Nov 1 2004, 13:54
Damn that was long, but interesting.I'm with you. Not sure that the video is anarchistic in nature. "you have the right to seek leaders for yourself, but you have no right to impose rulers onto others" sounds a bit like some of the complaints I've heard from anarchists that there is always a loser in an election, one that will be forced to abide by rules one does not agree with. Case in point: no matter who wins on Tuesday, I will be forced to continue paying taxes in order to support the presence of American troops in Iraq, even though I do not agree with that presence.Its a nice thought but i doubt you would ever be able to achieve a soceity like that. There will always be some greedy people, to enslave you, steal from you, or kill you, and that is why we need government to infringe on some of our rights to keep us safe. That video pretty much wants us to go back to the state of nature, which is somthing most philosephers agree was a dark evil sad time, even if it was free.
The other side of the coin though, is that I decided to move to the US. In doing so, I decided to play by the rules of the US. In my humble opinion, the 'rules' are defined in the US Constitution. We need a limited set of rules and a limited body to govern those rules, because otherwise, everyone will make up their own rules and their own penalties for breaking those rules. "Set even a foot on my yard, and I'll shoot you."Yes, I'm a member Well, we're only at 6,149 members now, so we've got a few more years to go before the 'move'. I think that this year's election took the wind out of our sails a bit, but I expect that the result of the votes that will be cast tomorrow will give us some momentum, regardless of who wins, as half of the country will be unhappy with the resultAlso question, umm when are these 20,000 people moving to NH and are you one of them?[snapback]242398[/snapback]