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Freqently Asked Questions
Q: What is a libertarian?
As the name suggests, a libertarian is a person who places a high value on personal liberty. It naturally follows, then, that most libertarians embrace the
Restrictions against murder, rape, theft and other offensive actions follow naturally from adherence to the
Libertarians recognize that liberty is not the only nor even the highest value to aspire to but that it is a necessary ingredient to be fully human. Without it we cannot be moral, because morality requires the freedom to choose.
Libertarians are not necessarily members of the Libertarian Party. During the 2016 election cycle the leadership of that organization seemed little interested in making the Non-Aggression Principle a core value of their party.
Nor are libertarians necessarily libertines. Most libertarians understand that actions have consequences and that reckless behaviors often have negative outcomes.
Q: Doesn't the
Going back to first principles, to be radical, is to understand that it is life itself that favors the intelligent or those gifted in some other way. Because the
Hundreds of millions of Chinese have escaped poverty in the past forty years. This is to the benefit of nearly all of us. It came about through the recognition that the Communist experiment in forced equality had failed. In the 1970's the Chinese leadership, while retaining political control with an iron fist, contradicted the foundational tenets of communism and allowed for a partial return of the free market along with the recognition of individual property rights. The number of people that have benefited from this partial return of freedom is staggering.
More information about the equality trap and other misconceptions can be found in the section called Mirages and Delusions.
Q: Does the adherence to the
Not at all. People are free and encouraged to make connections and build communities. Many if not most of any culture's greatest achievements are the result of collaboration. The only requirement is that these communities not be built on a foundation of force, coercion or violence.