Why You Are a Libertarian

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You’re a libertarian
because you abhor violence . . .

When a neighbor
isn’t willing to contribute as much to a social project as you are,
you’d never think of:

Using a gun
to force him to contribute;

Hiring an armed
gang to threaten to kidnap him or confiscate his money if he didn’t
contribute;

Using the government
in place of the armed gang if he didn’t contribute — because every
government program, in the final analysis, involves violence against
those who don’t comply.

If two people
have agreed to engage in voluntary behavior between them, with no
violence involved, you’d never think of:

Using a gun
to stop them;

Hiring an armed
gang to threaten to kidnap them if they didn’t stop;

Using the government
in place of the armed gang to stop them.

If a company
and an individual have agreed to engage in voluntary behavior between
them, with no violence involved, you’d never think of:

Using a gun
to stop them;

Hiring an armed
gang to threaten to kidnap them if they didn’t stop;

Using the government
in place of the armed gang to stop them.

If a foreign
government is not attacking America, you’d never support the idea
of initiating violence against the foreign country.

As one who
abhors violence, you’re willing to tolerate anything that’s peaceful,
and you practice the principle of live and let live — opposing the
initiation of force (violence) against anyone for any purpose.

That’s why
you’re a libertarian.

December
19, 2005

The
late Harry Browne, the author of Why
Government Doesn’t Work

and many other books, was the Libertarian presidential candidate
in 1996 and 2000. See his website.

Harry
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