For a Libertarian the greatest value is his own life. The value
of self is instinctive, even before the born knows he has been
born. Even before there is awareness that there is self
awareness among others, he who is born is demanding
service from his community. The newly born commits
his first act of selfishness before he is self aware.
When he reaches the age of perception, he must
learn to evaluate his role among others. If he owns
his life will he rule or serve or share. The choices
he makes will depend on how he values those with
whom he competes and cooperates for achievement.
When the Libertarian has come to the perception
that he is one among many, he must decide if he
wishes to live by separating his life value from
others. Is he independent, working to achieve
personal liberty measured by acquisition of
property and levels of achievement in comparison
to fellow human beings. In other words is he
better than others. Or is he interdependent
where his success is measured by his contribution
to the success of all members of the community.
Or is he a combination of both ideals.
The First Principle of Libertarianism is self ownership.
That is self evident. The property of self is based on
the subjective concept of “I am” The only existence
of self is internal. In the subjective world another
“self” is perceived by empathy and not by perception
0f the senses.
The second Principle is Liberty. That too is an internal
concept. It is the notion that you have the right to
take objective action and not be interfered with by
others. It is a desirable ideal as it relates to the
freedom of action by the subjective self. But in fact
it does not exist in the real (perceived) world. Others
can by their own choice interfere with your desires
or actions. Your liberty(freedom of action) depends
on the successful use of superior force or cooperative
agreement. Their is no independence of action in
objective reality. All things are interrelated and
. . . .
The third principle is the concept that property is
the the fruit of your labor. It is the product of time,
energy and talent. That also is a mental concept
and has no objective reality. Property is most
commonly considered real estate but it can be
produced goods or currency. Real estate is an
artificial construct that has no equivalence in
the natural(objective) reality. It is created and
granted and protected as a privilege by the state.
Even other Goods are not usually the product of
the time , energy, and talent of an individual.
They are instead produced by the combined and
interdependent skill and effort of the whole community.
No single individual ever gathers the fiber,
spins the thread, weaves the cloth, and cuts the
pattern to sew his own clothes. Nor does he build
the tools that are used to accomplish these task.
Ownership of Real property is a privilege created
and granted by the state. All other products are
created by the interdependent cooperative efforts
of a functioning community.
Libertarianism is not possible in the real world.
It rejects the notion of power to compel individual
behavior by a state or powerful group. It is predicated on the notion
that all things can be done by contractual agreement
between the members of a group that has assembled
to accomplish a particular task or function. It is
dependent on the agreement between the contracting
members on how to share the fruits of their labor
according to the degree or complexity of each
participants contribution. It then must decided how
to adjudicate disagreements between the participants.
This model has to be repeated a thousand times over to
accomplish the huge variety of tasks necessary in a
modern complex society.
Then each task group must
enter contractual agreements with other groups for
trading their respective goods and services.
There must also be groups set up and funded to
prevent strife between competing groups. All of this
must be accomplish with out any kind of state that
would have power to force compliance of acceptable
behavior between all of these contractual groups
spread all over the world.
Libertarianism is a very nice philosophical ideal using
words that we value because they they have been
used to describe the creation of our current Democratic
Republic. They are high sounding principals of historic
The problem is that they are just words that
lack substance and meaning. They would melt away
like snow in in a heat wave if there was the slightest
chance of creating them in the first place.
We must deal with the world as we perceive its reality
and not as we dream it should be. It is built one stone
at a time and torn down and built again as condition
change. One thing that both history and science has
taught us is that the only thing does not change is the
fact that everything does change.
We must put aside the notion that each of us are independent
We must deal with the truth that every life is dependent on both the
competitive nature and the cooperative nature of the
. . . .
Copyright © William Hodge 2010