A few years ago, Ken Schoolland published a wonderful book, called The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey.
It has, as a foreword, a neat little narrative that was turned, by a friend, into a nearly perfect video summary of the very foundations of your natural rights:
If you can’t watch a video right now, you can see it in pictorial form…just click each illustration to see the next one.
To understand the Philosophy of Liberty, is to see why individual freedom is essential to the rightful organization of society, itself.
The Philosophy of Liberty is Based on the principle of Self-Ownership.
To deny this is to imply that another person has a higher claim on your life than you do.
No other person or group of persons, own your Life nor do you own the lives of others.
You exist in Time:
Past, Present, Future
This is manifest in…
Life, Liberty and the product of your Life and Liberty
To lose your Life is to lose your Future, to lose your Liberty is to lose your Present
… and to lose the product of your Life and Liberty is to lose that portion of your Past that produced it
A product of you Life and Liberty is your Property
Property is the fruit of your labor, the product of your Time, Energy and Talents
Property is that part of Nature which you turn to valuable use
Property is the property of others that is given to you by voluntary exchange and mutual consent
Two people who exchange Property voluntary are both better off or they wouldn’t do it
Only they may rightfully make that decision for themselves
At times some people use Force or Fraud to take from other without voluntary consent
The initiation of Force or Fraud –
To take life is murder,
to take liberty is slavery
and to take property is theft
It is the same whether these actions are done by one person acting alone, by the many acting against the few or even by officials with fine hats
You have the right to protect your own Life, Liberty, and justly acquired Property from the forceful aggression of others
And you may ask others to help defend you
But you do not have the right to initiate force against the Life, Liberty and Property of others
Thus, you have no right to designate some other person to initiate force against other on your behalf
You have the right to seek leaders for yourself but you have no right to impose rulers onto others
No matter how officials are selected, they are only human beings and they have no rights or claims that are higher than those of any other human beings – regardless of the imaginative labels for their behavior or the number of people encouraging them, officials have no right to murder, enslave or to steal
You can not give them any rights that you do not have yourself
Since you own your life, you are responsible for your life
You do not rent your life from other who demand your obedience…
…nor are you a slave to others who demand your sacrifice
You choose your own goals based on your own values
Success and failure are both the necessary incentives to learn and grow
Your actions on behalf of others or their action on behalf of you is virtuous only when it is derived from voluntary mutual consent… for virtue can exist only where there is free choice
This is the basis of a truly free society. It is not only the most practical and humanitarian foundation for human action, it is also the most ethical
Problems in the world that arise from the initiation of force by government have a solution
The solution is for the people of the earth to STOP asking government officials to initiate force on their behalf
Evil does not arise only from evil people, but also from good people who tolerate the initiation of force as a means to their own ends
In this manner, good people have empowered evil people throughout history
Having confidence in a free society is to focus on the process of discovery in the marketplace of values rather than to focus on some imposed vision or goal
Using governmental force to impose a vision on other is intellectual sloth and typically results in unintended, perverse consequences