Sheldon Richman On the Universality of Libertarian Moral Standards

How much easier it would be to bring others to the libertarian position if we realized that they already agree with us in substantial ways?


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Libertarians believe that the initiation of force is wrong. So do the overwhelming majority of nonlibertarians. They, too, think it is wrong to commit offenses against person and property. Sheldon Richman believes libertarians make a self-defeating mistake in assuming that their fundamental principles differ radically from most other people's principles, and says that libertarians would have an easier time if they realized everyone else is not so different from them.