A libertarian dilemma


Here are two libertarian axioms.

1. The non-aggression non-initiation of force (NIOF) principle.
2. Private property rights.

The two libertarian axioms CONTRADICT each other. (As I recently explained here and here.)

You have four choices.

1. Deny the contradiction. (Objectivist libertarianism)
2. Maintain the contradiction.
3. Reject the non-aggression non-initiation of force (NIOF) principle. (Christian libertarianism)
4. Reject private property rights. (Anarcho-pacificism)

The choice is up to you.

5 thoughts on “A libertarian dilemma”

  1. This addresses my major misgiving with what is now promoted as libertarianism.

    Especially the “this is my private property just don’t ask where I got it” approach which I usually hear from criminals.

    Position 3) is a difficult one. It seems to me that if you want property rights and also are happy to initiate aggression then you’re in the same category as Ghengis Khan, who was not famed as a Christian libertarian.

    Would Christ reject the NIOF principle so that he could own private property?

  2. Would Christ reject the NIOF principle so that he could own private property?

    Yes, he would. And he did.

    The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” (NIV)

    1. Tam;&I#39,m sorry but you must be south of the Mason-Dixon line or be from there before you can use the word y'all. If you are wondering I am in North Carolina and can use the word with reckless abandon! Kel

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