Comment: I don't like the way this is going.

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I don't like the way this is going.

I see a definition of liberty as equivalent to the Non Aggression Principle alongside comments on how the US Government was founded on that principle. I see lots of comments implying that liberty and government can peacefully coexist, once the "proper" understanding of rights and liberty prevails -- although this has never happened in all of human history.

You're way off track, Tom.

You say it isn't enough to define "liberty" as the absence of "slavery." I think maybe it is -- if you make a clear definition of "slavery." Slavery is the idea that one man may rightfully own another; that one man's life, liberty and property may be disposed of without his consent by his rightful master, and the slave therefore has a moral duty of obedience to his master.

"Liberty," I suggest, is simply the negative of this definition: NO man may rightfully own another. NO man may rightfully take another's life or property without his consent, or coercively constrain his peaceful actions. NO man is a rightful master, to whom others owe obedience. The key to the better definitions here lies in the idea of "rights." May I suggest that there are no positive rights, only the negative right not to be coerced. Ya think?

The core of my complaint is this: "Government" is the institutionalization of slavery, which proclaims itself a rightful ruler over all "citizens," with the rightful power to dispose of their lives, liberty and property with or without their consent, and proclaiming their moral duty to obey its commands (called "laws").

There never has been, nor ever can be, a peaceful coexistence between "liberty" and "government." Properly understood, the two concepts are antithetical.

I'm afraid I won't be buying your book; the subject interests me, but nothing you've said about it shows any special insight.

One book that might expand your horizons: The Most Dangerous Superstition, by Larken Rose. You can see two excerpts here and here.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose