DEATH IS EASY
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Russell Madden
 
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FREEDOM, As If
It Mattered
by
Russell Madden
 
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Key Concepts of Freedom

by

Russell Madden

 



(For a graphical representation of the proper relationship between persuasion and force, go here.)

 



Self-ownership

 

You own yourself, your life, your property.

Your life belongs to you.

"What part of your life/money/property belongs to me?"

Do you choose/decide for yourself or does someone else choose/decide for you and force you to do what he wants?

People have the right to do the wrong thing. (If such behavior does not violate rights.)

The "needs" of others never impose unchosen obligations or justify the violation of someone else's rights.



The ("good") ends never justify the (bad) means.

Might never makes right.

Merely because people are capable of doing "X" or because "X" is the way things are or have been does not (in and of itself) serve as a valid justification for "X."

Moral ends always require the use of moral means.



To aid us in making proper decisions, we should always strive to rely upon...

 

Reason

Logic

Facts

Evidence

Full context

 

...and not focus upon borderline cases until the main claim has been accepted or rejected. Extreme, unlikely, or emergency situations should be dealt with only after establishing whether "X" is true or not and then only to establish the boundaries of the issue.



A key point to remember: government has only delegated (enumerated) powers; a government has no rights and can do only what it is expressly permitted to do. A proper government (the employee) is subordinate to those who created it, i.e., the people (the employer), and can be fired whenever it fails in its duties or goes beyond its proper role.

Individuals have the right to do anything (that does not violate the rights of other individuals) even if what they do is not right.



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