Do you analyze competing concepts fairly?

Golden Rule of Ideas

Statists will try to refute moral principles using outlandish scenarios. But they never subject their own proposals to the same standard. They want the net down when they’re serving and the net up while you’re serving. You can thwart this double-standard using…

The Golden Rule of Ideas: Treat your own ideas the same way you treat opposing concepts.

Hold statists to this fair and empathetic standard. For example…

  • The statist says, “What if people won’t voluntarily shelter homeless people?”
  • You reply, “What if politicians tax people to house the homeless but they remain homeless?”

When the statist judges your Zero Aggression proposals in a certain way, apply the same standard to the statist idea. Better yet, lead by example. Say things like…

  • “I will not force you to own a gun just because I have studies showing that more gun ownership leads to less crime.”
  • “I will not force you to fund my favorite charities, even though I think these organizations are the best way to help those in need.”

Treat other peoples’ ideas the way you want your ideas to be treated, and accept no less from others.

Jim Babka

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Jim Babka

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Jim Babka is co-founder of the Zero Aggression Project and President of, Inc. He’s an author and former talk show host.
Previously, he was the President of, Inc., defending free press rights all the way to the Supreme Court. He and Susie are the proud, home-schooling parents of three teenagers. He enjoys theology, UFC, target practice, and Tai Chi.

Perry Willis

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Perry Willis

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Perry Willis is the co-founder of the Zero Aggression Project and Downsize DC. He was the National Director of the Libertarian National Committee on two occasions, and ran two Libertarian Party presidential campaigns. He has an extensive background in marketing and fundraising, and has ghost written direct mail appeals for numerous luminaries, including Karl Hess, Ron Paul, Charlton Heston and Harry Browne.

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  1. That’s quite a breakthrough in the social psychology of Statism. Those of us who were active during the Bush-Clinton years vividly remember how people were pushed away from voting for people who held particular ideals, and pulled toward voting for pragmatists, who promised to “get stuff done”. The net result is that Statism got done. We’re now vastly deeper in debt, entangled in ongoing warfare, and no closer at all to any consensus about what’s right and what’s wrong.

    If we enact statutes and wage wars against people, but do not take the trouble to be absolutely sure that we are doing the right thing, what that says about us, is that we’d rather do wrongful things, than simply do nothing.

    If that’s what Pragmatism promised to achieve, by “getting stuff done”, it was a poor choice to vote for more of if.

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