Never thought of myself as a Libertarian or for that matter any other general classification. Growing up in Canada most of my spare time was devoted to sports and the outdoors, then when girls and cars became important almost everything was blown-off in favor of working for, or on, cars and then using them to go find girls. It wasn’t until much later in my life that I started to wonder about how I felt towards events that were happening in the world, then I was drawn towards deeper thinkers and embarked on somewhat of a personal quest to seek knowledge.
Essentially I feel like the same person as when I was a teenager, although much less compulsive and much more sensitive towards the environments both global and personal. When I was younger I think I may have had some more drastic ideas about certain things like war, politics, or crime and punishment, however I think my conscience led me well.
Now I’m having to admit, based on what I often finding myself reading and agreeing with, combined with my sentiments towards the events taking place in the last few years that I find myself fitting the general description of a Libertarian.
Often I read and enjoy the articles on Lew Rockwell and today came across a link to a very simple and yet effective philosophy that I know I can agree with. It’s produced by International Society for Individual Liberty, it’s called The Philosophy of Liberty and it states the following;
The principle of self-ownership.
- To take life is murder.
- To take liberty is slavery.
- To take property is theft.
You do not have the right to initiate force against the life, liberty, or property of others.
You have the right to protect your life, liberty, and justly acquired property.
You have the right to seek leaders for yourself, but you do noy have the right to impose rulers on others.
You choose your own goals based on your own values.
Virtue is only derived through free choice.
The people of the earth must stop asking governments to initiate force on their behalf.