Is the Golden Rule inherently libertarian?

The Golden Rule requires positive reciprocity, which negates the use of initiated force.

You have a choice…

  • How will you relate to others and acquire what you need?
  • Will it be positive reciprocity or coercive force?

Most of us choose Golden Rule-like reciprocity. You…

The Golden Rule is a near-universal ethic.

The Golden Rule is a near-universal ethic.

  • Treat others as you want to be treated
  • Don’t tread on others so they won’t tread on you

You practice this kind of positive reciprocity every day.

Empathy constantly motivates you to do things for others, and to avoid causing harm.  You find that positive reciprocity is a better social strategy than bullying force. But then…

Some politician comes along, offering to solve problems, using the destructive methods of initiated force. He makes it seem easy. But he always neglects to mention the victims his use of force will create.

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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.

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.

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  1. Yes, I want my equal liberty to appropirate land (including patents on handy ideas and trademarks on popular culture). Where’s all the land for me to appropriate alike what some others got to appropriate before? This is particularly important because the people who I especially care about are also tendencially excluded from land appropriation and I would like to give to them the prospect of property they deserve, according to the simple principle of reciprocity.

  2. Matthew 7:12 – Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

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