What do libertarians mean by "non-aggression principle" (or axiom, or maxim, or principle) and how do we arrive at it? Sheldon Richman looks back on economist Murray Rothbard's comprehensive popular presentation For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto. Rothbard claimed that natural rights are the basis for non-aggression and "in one form or another, has been adopted by most of the libertarians, past and present." This is key to the ultimate good—human flourishing— which is, so to speak, baked into the very enterprise of doing ethical and political theory, and indeed of all action.
The former vice president's vision of an all-powerful government goes far beyond massive spending and tax hikes.
The Supreme Court weighs police shootings and unreasonable seizures in Torres v. Madrid.
Lawmakers are bribing citizens with a tiny tax break in exchange for the power to jack up income tax rates down the line.
Who could have predicted that intolerable rules won’t be tolerated?