36. Who has rights? Why? What are rights?: Natural Law in the Ethics of Liberty

By | January 12, 2018

Natural law: the libertarian system is based on this idea that individuals have ethical rights that exist purely because we are born.  These exist outside of the government.  Governments exist, in one justification, to protect these rights that already exist.  What is the logic behind natural law?  How can we integrate this idea into our everyday existence?

Series Description:
The basis for libertarian thinking.  If we are to have a systematic world view, there must be some axiom on which to build it. Self ownership and non-aggression: the non-aggression principle, the NAP.  The Ethics of Liberty, by Murray Rothbard, lays out why liberty is the most ethical world view and how your politics should reflect this ethic as well.

 

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Murray N. Rothbard, The Ethics of Liberty

 

Attributions:
Intro music: Ching by Glass Boy
Source of the text: Mises Institute