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The Libertarian Philosophy in 7 Points

June 25, 2015

From Philip Schuyler, Author of 5 Rights of the Individual

Philip Schuyler

1. Each person has five fundamental rights, the first two of which are the rights to life and liberty. The right to life means that no person may harm another. The right to liberty lets each person do as he chooses. Thus, a free civilization’s premise is, each person can do as he chooses provided he does not harm another.

2. Property is the fruit of one’s labor. Physical property gives liberty a place to exist. The property line establishes the protected sphere. It separates public (majority rule) from private (personal choice). Property is a mini sovereignty in which the owner is autonomous within common law, where he may act without asking permission or giving explanation. Property shields the individual from government’s tendency to treat every issue as a public concern.

3. Property also enables liberty by increasing the number of choices. More money, more choices. Higher taxes, less net…

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