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Non-aggression priciple

Is force good or bad?

"However plausible, at first sight, the intervention of the State might be, it was soon perceived that it is always oppressive to one or other of the contracting parties."

   --  Frédéric Bastiat

Force is something we want to minimise in society, we don't really want to force people to do something against their will.

What about Government force?

"The state exercises a monopoly of legitimate violence."

   --  Andrew Heywood

Government is force

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"People are better off yeilding to threats than surcuming to voilence, but better off still if they never had the threats in the first place."

   --  Richard Epstein

Non-aggression doesn't mean non-violence

“It is only as retaliation that force may be used and only against the man who starts its use. No, I do not share his evil or sink to his concept of morality: I merely grant him his choice, destruction, the only destruction he had the right to choose: his own. He uses force to seize value; I use it only to destroy destruction.”

   --  Ayn Rand

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Non Aggression Principle

"Government should never be allowed to do anything you can't do."
  -- Ron Paul

"If your neighbour can't steal off you, the government should not be able to do it on their behalf."
  -- Ron Paul

Force in social relationships

Mans rights can be violated only by the use of physical force. It is only by means of physical force that one man can deprive another of his life, or enslave him, or rob him, or prevent him pursuing his goals, or compel him to act against his own rational judgement. The precondition of a civilised society is the barring of physical force from social relationships.

   --  Ayn Rand