In order to fully exercise and preserve these rights, it is imperative that we as free people understand their nature, what makes them special, and are fully able to recognize any threats to them that may arise.
The philosophy of liberty, or libertarianism, is the only philosophy to genuinely respect and embrace our inherent liberty. Libertarians recognize that individuals have an exclusive right to self ownership which states that humans, by their very nature, necessarily own themselves and as such are free to determine their own destiny according to their own values.
It follows from this self ownership that individuals also own their labor and in turn have a property right in that which they take out of the state of nature, mix with their labor and creativity, and put in to productive use. If an individual owns his labor and controls the property then he also has the right to freely exchange his labor or property for the services or goods of another.
In order to preserve these rights libertarians call on others to join them in subscribing to the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP). NAP holds that individuals should never initiate aggression or coercion upon another. This is true whether it is your neighbor stealing your lawn-mower or a government robbing your wealth through taxation without consent.
Libertarians believe that all human relationships and associations should be both mutually beneficial and consensual.
From here many questions arise concerning the relationship between the society and the individual, the question of land ownership, foundations for functioning free market economies, the nature of consensual governance, self-governance, and other political, sociological, or economic issues.
Below you will find many articles, essays, and media resources exploring various aspects of the philosophy of liberty. FFS hopes to be a simple resource you can utilize to gain a better understanding of the philosophy of liberty. Enjoy!
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