So what do Libertarians really believe? What is the foundation of not only politics, but how we believe we should approach life and other people?
It boils down to one phrase: The non-aggression principle (the NAP). It can basically be summed up as, “Don’t hit other people and don’t take their stuff.” If you life can be followed by that core philosophy, libertarians believe that a prosperous, civil society is possible without the state.
In short: Libertarianism isn’t a political agenda, it’s a set of moral principles. This episode is the one you should send to anyone new to the idea.
Pat and Jon discuss the NAP, how we can apply it to our own lives, and whether government has the right to ignore the NAP and and in fact, hit people and take their stuff for the “good of society.”
Links to Resources Discussed on the Show:
Man, Economy, & State by Murray Rothbard
For a New Liberty by Murray Rothbard
Free to Choose by Milton Friedman
Free to Choose on YouTube
Why Government Doesn’t Work by Harry Browne
Episode 2: What Is Libertarianism, Really? An Introduction to the Non-Aggression Principle
– Pat and Jon