Libertarianism often has its critics and fans that fight over the meaning of being a Libertarian and what that can do for our country. A philosophy that is ages old starts with the idea that government shouldn’t control people’s lives and dictate how they spend their money. It draws people from all walks of life and pulls from the power center in American politics.
However, the essence of Libertarianism lies in one simple motto.
Don’t hurt people and don’t take their stuff.
This is the standard that must be applied when we think about the nature of politics. Violence has always been the driving force in world history and it has taken world wars to fight off such aggression. Peace is a dream that seems unattainable based on the way our world is set up.
Not hurting people is a key aspect of societal norms. We shouldn’t kill people, and we shouldn’t harm others physically or emotionally. However, we have a society that promotes violence and leaders that spew rage in Washington as if that is the way to achieve political goals. People have their opinions and with such they fight tooth and nail to get their way. Sometimes that end result is violence.
Libertarianism rests on the basics principle, the Non Aggression Principle. How do we achieve peace in our time? Well, for starters top hurting each other. Everyone in the world is unique in their own aspect and for centuries we have waged war on each other for what purpose? Domination, imperialism?
Taking people’s stuff is centered around theft. Government takes as well as other people. You often hear Libertarians say that “taxation is theft.” Well, at the root of it taxation is theft. You work hard to make a living in order to price for your family, and then an outside force comes and takes a certain percentage. How is that not theft?
That is the plain essence of Libertarianism. Decision making at the governmental level by leaders should center around this simple messaging. Are their actions causing reputable harm to people in this country or around the world? Are their actions causing physical or emotional harm toward others? If the answer is yes then it is a violation of the laws of nature.