May 18th, 2010
Libertarians do not believe in the initiation of force to attain political or social value. We call this “The Non-Aggression Principle.” Another way of putting it is that the ends do not justify using aggressive force as the means. The purpose of any government (Libertarians say, the only purpose) is to protect the rights of all people. Any power government may exercise that does not have the consent of the governed is unjust.
Libertarian philosophy was eloquently expressed in 1776 in the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men* are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
The Declaration of Independence is as revolutionary today as it was in the eighteenth century.
Could you be a Libertarian? Take the “World’s Smallest Political Quiz” and find out.
* We understand this to mean both men and women.
As a symbolic first step in restoring the tradition of true public service, I will reinvest $90,000 of the Governor’s $150,000 yearly salary every year towards reducing the State debt. – Susan Gaztañaga
Doug is also a top leader in the peace movement, serving as the Treasurer of Voters for Peace, a major national antiwar organization. He also often serves as an experienced Security Marshal at United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) demos in Washington DC and New York City. And he is a member of Veterans for Peace.
There! ACS has done their part this year.