Lso-tzu is perhaps the very first libertarian philosopher. He rejected all forms of statism, he was a complete anarchist.
I actually wrote a paper last semester for one of my classes on comparing the Eastern world of Political philosophy to that of the West. At the founding of both you have Confucious and Lao Tzu, and I guess Plato and Aristotle for the west. Each the counterpart of one another. At the core of it all, it always boils down to One being in favor of the state, and the other in favor of the individual; seeing the state as the antithesis of individualism.
People tend to want to say the East is uncomparible to the West, when it comes down to the foundations of each Political Philosophies they always share these 2 same principles. Your either a Statist or an Individualist.
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