What role does Empathy play in a libertarian society?
Libertarianism is inherently empathetic. Libertarians respect individual conscience in all things. We imagine how others…
- want to be treated, and deal with them accordingly (the Golden Rule)
- don’t want to be treated, and we respect their boundaries (the Zero Aggression Principle)
Empathy is a regard for others. It was empathy that motivated humans to create a legal system. We all recognize that none of us wants to be…
We support due process and the presumption of innocence because of empathy. We imagine how we would feel if we were falsely accused. Thus…
Our rights are empowered by empathy! Your neighbor could menace, steal from, or slaughter you. You could do the same to him. Instead, you each recognize that…
Empathy feels good, achieves good, and returns good.
These practices negate empathy. They replace positive reciprocity with political warfare. If you lose the political contest then I impose on you, and vice versa. Empathetic libertarianism rejects political warfare in favor of non-violent persuasion, cooperation, and tolerance.
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