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The Philosophy of Liberty

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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.

PoL You Own Your Own Life

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

Achieving a free society requires courage…

…To Think, To Talk, and To Act

Especially when it is easier to do nothing…

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  1. my private property was taken by government officials. One of their own redeveloped a legally non conforming lot adjoining mine. He purchased it from the Mayor. First he built a nonconforming pole barn, I was advised he was going to build a living quarters in the upper story, He trucked in massive amounts of fill dirt and altered the direction of the roof surface and graded the dirt so that all storm water diverted onto my private property. The next year he built a new home again trucking in fill dirt and altering the roof surface to divert all storm water onto my property. My property lost value, he basically turn my property into a ditch. The building permits issued by the city are fraudulent. State of Iowa law has strict regulation for redeveloping a legally non conforming property. No structures can be built with a larger footprint that the existing structures. This was completely disregarded by officials. He went to get the redevelopment recorded on the county plat map and was denied. They determined his remedy was to eliminate me from my private property. He began applying chemicals to the 300′ common boundary. The chemicals caused me severe skin condition. I was denied any protection of the law. I was denied filing a trespassing complaint against this neighbor. I was charged multiple times with violations of fabricated laws and ordinances. I could not get a trespassing complaint filed against this good old boy to literally save my life. After suffering for over five years waiting for the law to protect my person and my property. It was determined that this neighbor had no intention of stopping the chemical exposure. I had only two options available. Take up arms or flee and seek justice when I recovered. I was blind and homeless the following four years. I regret not taking up arms as this man is a danger to society. I still seek justice for the violation of my Constitutional Rights.

    Comment by song boat | October 19, 2019 | Reply

  2. hi. tanx alot. this video clip was treffic.
    im living in iran, and as you know we are fighting with our government to be more free. we need liberty.so i will show this to some of my friends too, cause this is such a encouraging thing to us.

    Comment by shiva | January 28, 2010 | Reply

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  6. .
    Great cartoon video, and great post with the text. I’ve been tweeting it for a while now, it’s very popular, and gets Re-Tweeted often.

    Welcome to Twitter, have fun. Thank you for following, and for the inspiration.
    absurd thought –
    your supreme God says
    liberty is a bad thing

    man must be under control
    micromanaged by the state

    Comment by USpace | August 17, 2009 | Reply

  7. Kaz, this is terrific! Thanks! Only one suggestion, “Schoolland” in the introduction has 2 l’s. :) The new language editions of the Philosophy of Liberty are getting a terrific audience in Germany (#1), U.S. (#2), and China (#3) along with a hundred other countries. Looking for great impact, I hope. Many thanks to you for all your great work for liberty! Aloha, Ken

    Comment by Ken Schoolland | August 7, 2009 | Reply

    • The typo in your name is fixed, sorry ’bout that.

      Just had some fun watching it in other languages…

      Comment by kazvorpal | August 7, 2009 | Reply

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