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You know yourself. You want to be free. With your freedom, you can pursue happiness, in whatever form that takes, so long as you don’t hurt others.
If you’re like most people, your personal values include the Golden Rule or something very close to it. In other words, you have enough empathy to realize that others want that same freedom to pursue their happiness.
But when you enter politics, whether you’re conservative, progressive, or independent, it’s extremely likely your political actions contradict the Golden Rule! This may be news to you! After all, you’re a decent and smart person. But if you want to harmonize your political actions with your moral values, this site is for you!
We are voluntaryist libertarians. We believe in and promote the Zero Aggression Principle (ZAP), which says…
Don’t threaten or initiate force.
- Force must be limited to defensive purposes (such as criminal justice)
- People must be free to follow their conscience, provided they respect the equal rights of others
- There are NO political exceptions: We must NOT ask politicians to initiate force against others, even for “good intentions”
The ZAP is a Silver Rule partner to the Golden Rule
The Golden Rule has many forms, but it basically says, “Treat others as you want to be treated.” However…
This can be difficult in practice. What if others don’t want what you want? So we advocate the Zero Aggression Principle as a Silver Rule…
Don’t hurt others. If you don’t want people to tread on you, don’t tread on them.
This is much easier to do. You already live your life this way, unless you’re a sociopath. You don’t use force to make people obey your preferences, do you? But please notice that politics and “government” operate on the exact opposite principle…
One side, the majority, gangs up on the other side, the minority, to make them do things against their will.
In other words…
We all behave like sociopaths whenever we use politics and government to impose our preferences on others.
We think this political approach to governance is inherently immoral
Political government is violence based. This requires conflict and violation. This destroys human happiness. But…
Political government is also inherently impractical
Any system funded and executed using threats of violence is freed from the need to perform well. This is inherently unpragmatic. It wastes resources and destroys prosperity.
Are there exceptions to the Zero Aggression Principle?
You can explore this question at What do you think?. There you’ll find an interactive polling system that will measure how you, and others, respond to various issues in light of the ZAP and other arguments. Even better…
How do libertarians think? You can find out using our Mental Levers
A lever is a tool that helps you accomplish more with less effort. Libertarians use principles and rules-of thumb as Mental Levers to analyze the world.
Too many people think randomly. With few or no principles to guide them, they have to re-analyze each issue from scratch. This often leads to self-contradiction, or worse…
Chaotic thinking makes people vulnerable to emotional manipulation by political con-men and the ambulance-chasing media. Mental Levers are the cure for this.