05 December 2013

On the Non-Aggression Principle

I would very much like the elimination of coercive violence as a factor in human society.

I would also like a pony.

Until all people abjure violence, I will regard those who fight against publicly-accountable government coercion as de facto allies of the forces of private coercion.

'The Problem We All Live With' by Norman Rockwell

If you're wondering what the “Non-Aggression Principle” is:

If you're wondering what the illustration is, it is Norman Rockwell's painting “The Problem We All Live With”, depicting young Ruby Bridges attending public school, defended against the violent objections of bigots in her community by U. S. Marshalls.

(And another comment from Bleeding Heart Libertarians describes how the Principle isn't the strong argument that many libertarians imagine it is.)

2 comments:

Lev Lafayette said...

In a nutshell, this.

fenris23 said...

Thank you for saying this so clearly.