What Libertarians Believe: Clearing Things Up

I don’t know who created this image, but it hits the nail right on the head.  It’s common to encounter people who misinterpret Libertarians’ love for freedom and distrust for politicians as the full extent of libertarian philosophy.  On the contrary, libertarianism is accurately described by Murray Rothbard:

The fact is that libertarianism is not and does not pretend to be a complete moral or aesthetic theory; it is only a political theory, that is, the important subset of moral theory that deals with the proper role of violence in social life.  Political theory deals with what is proper or improper for government to do, and government is distinguished from every other group in society as being the institution of organized violence. Libertarianism holds that the only proper role of violence is to defend person and property againstviolence, that any use of violence that goes beyond such just defense is itself aggressive, unjust, and criminal. Libertarianism, therefore, is a theory which states that everyone should be free of violent invasion, should be free to do as he sees fit, except invade the person or property of another. What a person does with his or her life is vital and important, but is simply irrelevant to libertarianism.

 

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