Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Give Me Liberty or Give Me a Blog to Explain it

Here's the thing.  It doesn't actually matter to me what you do with your life, with your body, or with your stuff.  Just live your life.  Since it shouldn't matter to anyone how you live your life, you should be free to do pretty much anything you want to do.  That is the essence of liberty.  Is there a limit to the choices you can make?  Yes, there is.  Your liberty ends when you start harming other people or their property.  It's kind of like what everyone was (hopefully) taught by their parents:  Don't take other people's stuff and don't start fights.  Outside of these simple and understandable limitations do whatever it is that you want to do.  I'm not saying I support every possible nonviolent choice.  There are lots of actions and choices you can make that I would find questionable.  Sometimes I might even try to persuade you to rethink certain decisions.  But I understand that, ultimately, it's your choice and you should be able to live your life however you see fit without any compulsory interference.

This approach to life that I have been describing is often called the Non-Aggression Principle.  The core idea of the non-aggression principle is simply that it is universally wrong to initiate force upon another person or their property.  Don't hit.  Don't steal.  These are things you already understand in your day-to-day life.  You might get upset at other people for the choices they make, especially loved ones, but you know to not physically harm them.  You see things that you would like to have but you know to work for them and not take them by force.  It's simple, right?  But are you implementing the non-aggression principle outside of your immediate surroundings?  Do your political institutions practice the non-aggression principle?  Do they know not to hit or steal?  Or are they more like a child who hasn't been taught yet, taking toys from other kids and hitting them if they resist?  Or, since political institutions are decided and administered by adults, are they more like bullies who know better but hit and steal anyway because they can get away with it?


These questions need to be answered.  I do not wish to be a bully either directly or indirectly through my government.  No one should desire such a thing.  The goal of this blog is to take a broad view of the principles of liberty and how they can be applied in all facets of our lives.  Reaching this goal and considering an aggression-free life will be difficult for many people as it will challenge history, traditions, habits, and long-held beliefs.  However, I am confident that the proper application of true principles, no matter how painful or problematic, will result in positive outcomes, individually and in our society.  Please join me in this comprehensive view of liberty.

11 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to seeing things we can implement in our lives to protect our liberties. I'm learning so much about the principles and see how it goes hand in hand with gospel values.

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  2. This is a very good beginning, Dan. I look forward to more such enlightening posts.

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    1. Thanks for checking out the blog. I appreciate it!

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  3. Thank you, Daniel. Interesting reading and lots of food for thought. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. It's fascinating to see how liberty can apply everywhere!

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  4. I practice the Non-Aggression Principle and I didn't even know it had that name! Well done. I'm interested in reading more. You have great views about the future of our nation.

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    1. Thanks for the comments. When it comes down to it, I would say most people understand that the Non-Aggression Principle is how people should live. The hard part is to apply it everywhere!

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  5. Awesome. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Love it! Many people are hypocrites when it comes to their political voting. They will tell their children not to steal but then they tell their government to go steal from rich people.

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    1. Thanks for reading. You're right about the hypocrisy. Before learning about liberty I was a total hypocrite. I'm trying not to be now.

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