What role does Empathy play in a libertarian society?
You imagine how others…
- want to be treated, and you deal with them that way (the Golden Rule)
- don’t want to be treated, and you respect their boundaries (the Zero Aggression Principle)
We’ve just described Empathy.
It was Empathy that motivated us to create a legal system. We did this because we recognize that none of us wants to be…
We also support due process and the presumption of innocence because of empathy. You imagine your innocent self in the shoes of the accused.
Thus, your rights actually exist in the self-interest of others. Your neighbor could menace, steal from, or slaughter you. You could do the same to him. Instead, you each recognize that…
Empathy for others feels good, achieves good, and returns good.
These practices negate empathy. They replace positive reciprocity with political warfare. If I lose, then you impose on me, and vice versa.
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