The fundamental axiom of libertarian theory is that no one may threaten or commit violence ("aggress") against another man's person or property. Violence may be employed only against the man who commits such violence; that is, only defensively against the aggressive violence of another. In short, no violence may be employed against a non-aggressor. Here is the fundamental rule from which can be deduced the entire corpus of libertarian theory.Recorded in Auburn, Alabama, at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, 21 July 2010.
Saturday, 11 September 2010
Thomas E. Woods Jr discusses one of his lesser-known books 'We Who Dared to Say No to War', an anthology of anti-war writings from the 1812 War to the present, and sets out why a libertarian cannot go along with gung-ho, my-country-right-or-wrong-ism.
One of the essays included, and referred to above is Murray Rothbard's 'War, Peace and the State', wherein it is stated: