Why You Are a Libertarian

by Harry Browne

December 18. 2005            

Youíre a libertarian because you abhor violence . . . 

When a neighbor isnít willing to contribute as much to a social project as you are, youíd never think of:

Using a gun to force him to contribute;

Hiring an armed gang to threaten to kidnap him or confiscate his money if he didnít contribute;

Using the government in place of the armed gang if he didnít contribute ó because every government program, in the final analysis, involves violence against those who donít comply.

If two people have agreed to engage in voluntary behavior between them, with no violence involved, youíd never think of:

Using a gun to stop them;

Hiring an armed gang to threaten to kidnap them if they didnít stop;

Using the government in place of the armed gang to stop them.

If a company and an individual have agreed to engage in voluntary behavior between them, with no violence involved, youíd never think of:

Using a gun to stop them;

Hiring an armed gang to threaten to kidnap them if they didnít stop;

Using the government in place of the armed gang to stop them.

If a foreign government is not attacking America, youíd never support the idea of initiating violence against the foreign country.

As one who abhors violence, youíre willing to tolerate anything thatís peaceful, and you practice the principle of live and let live ó opposing the initiation of force (violence) against anyone for any purpose.

Thatís why youíre a libertarian.