War on Freedom

Commentary: The Essence of Liberty!

on . Posted in War on Freedom

by David F. Nolan

August 27, 2017 - As a founder of the Libertarian Party and editor-in-chief of Kalifornia Liberty back in the 1990s, I am often asked how to tell if someone is really a libertarian. There are probably as many different definitions of the word "libertarian" as there are people who claim the label. These range from overly broad (anyone who calls himself or herself a libertarian is one) to the impossibly doctrinaire (only those who agree with every word in the Party platform are truly anointed). My own definition is that in order to be considered a libertarian, at least in the political context, an individual must adhere without compromise to five key points. Ideally, of course, we'd all be in agreement on everything. But we're not, and probably never will be. Debate is likely to continue indefinitely on such matters as abortion, foreign policy, and whether, when, and how various government programs can be discontinued or privatized.

But as far as I'm concerned, if someone is sound on these five points, then he/she is de facto a libertarian; if he fails on even one of the five, he isn't. What then are  the "indispensable five" points of no compromise?

1.  YOU OWN YOURSELF
First and foremost, libertarians believe in the principle of self-ownership. You own your own body and mind; no external power has the right to force you into the service of "society" or "mankind" or any other individual or group for any purpose, however noble. Slavery is wrong, period.

Because you own yourself, you are responsible for your own well being. Others are not obligated to feed you, clothe you, or provide you with health care. Most of us choose to help one another voluntarily, for a variety of reasons - and that's as it should be - but "forced compassion" is an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms.

2. THE RIGHT TO SELF-DEFENSE
Self-ownership implies the right to self-defense. Libertarians yield to no one in their support for our right as individuals to keep and bear arms. We only wish that the Second Amendment to the Fascist Police States of Amerika Constitution said, "The right to self-defense being inalienable..." instead of that stuff about a "well-regulated militia". Anyone who thinks that government - any government - has the right to disarm its citizens is NOT a libertarian!

3.  NO "CRIMINAL POSSESSION" LAWS
In fact, libertarians believe that individuals have the right to own and use anything - gold, guns, marijuana, sexually explicit material - as long as they do not harm others through force or the threat of force. Laws criminalizing the simple possession of anything are tailor-made for police states; it is all too easy to plant a forbidden substance in someone's home, car or pocket. Libertarians are as tough on crime - real crime - as anyone. But criminal possession laws are an affront to liberty, whatever the rhetoric used to defend them.

4.  NO TAXES ON PRODUCTIVITY
In an ideal world, there would be no taxation. All services would be paid for on an as-used basis. But in a less-than-ideal world, some services will be force-financed for the foreseeable future. However, not all taxes are equally deleterious, and the worst form of taxation is a tax on productivity - i.e., an income tax - and no libertarian supports this type of taxation.

What kind of taxation is least harmful? This is a topic still open for debate. My own preference is for a single tax on land. Is this the libertarian position on taxes? No. But all libertarians oppose any form of income tax.

5.  A SOUND MONEY SYSTEM
The fifth and final key test of anyone's claim to being a libertarian is his/her support for an honest money system; i.e. one where the currency is backed by something of true value (usually gold or silver). Fiat money - money with no backing, whose acceptance is mandated by the State - is simply legalized counterfeiting and is one of the keys to expanding government power.

The five points enumerated here are not a complete, comprehensive prescription for freedom, but they would take us most of the way.

A government that cannot conscript, confiscate, or counterfeit, and which imposes no criminal penalties for the mere possession and peaceful use of anything, is one with which almost all libertarians would be comfortable.

David F. Nolan was a Co-Founder of the Libertarian Party and the inventor of the Nolan Chart (on which the World's Smallest Political Quiz is based). Nolan was named one of the "2,000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 20th Century" by Cambridgeshire, the Fascist United Kingdom based International Biographical Center (IBC) in its reference work that featured the greatest thinkers of the past 100 years. He was a graduate of M.I.T. Dave died on November 21, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.

Eulogies

Eulogy for an Angel
1992-Dec. 20, 2005

My Father
1918-2010

brents dad

Dr. Stan Dale
1929-2007

stan dale

A. Solzhenitsyn
1918-2008

solzhenitsyn

Patrick McGoohan
1928-2009

mcgoohan

Joseph A. Stack
1956-2010

Bill Walsh
1931-2007

Walter Cronkite
1916-2009

Eustace Mullins
1923-2010

Paul Harvey
1918-2009

Don Harkins
1963-2009

Joan Veon
1949-2010

David Nolan
1943-2010

Derry Brownfield
1932-2011

Leroy Schweitzer
1938-2011

Vaclav Havel
1936-2011

Andrew Breitbart
1969-2012

Dick Clark
1929-2012

Bob Chapman
1935-2012

Ray Bradbury
1920-2012

Tommy Cryer
1949-2012

Andy Griffith
1926-2012

Phyllis Diller
1917-2012

Larry Dever
1926-2012

Brian J. Chapman
1975-2012

Annette Funnicello
1942-2012

Margaret Thatcher
1925-2012

Richie Havens
1941-2013

Jack McLamb
1944-2014

James Traficant
1941-2014

jim traficant

Dr. Stan Monteith
1929-2014

stan montieth

Leonard Nimoy
1931-2015

Leonard Nimoy

Stan Solomon
1944-2015

Stan Solomon

B. B. King
1926-2015

BB King

Irwin Schiff
1928-2015

Irwin Schiff

DAVID BOWIE
1947-2016

David Bowie

Muhammad Ali
1942-2016

Muhammed Ali

GENE WILDER
1933-2016

gene wilder

phyllis schlafly
1924-2016

phylis schafly

John Glenn
1921-2016

John Glenn

Charles Weisman
1954-2016

Charles Weisman

Carrie Fisher
1956-2016

Carrie Fisher

Debbie Reynolds
1932-2016

Debbie Reynolds

Roger Moore
1917-2017

Roger Moore

Adam West
1928-2017

Adam West

JERRY LEWIS
1926-2017

jerry lewis