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originally posted by: Boadicea
a reply to: greencmp
Excellent post, Greencamp!!!
I cannot add anything -- you've said it all very well! But it reminded me of a book called "Power vs. Force," that kind of expounds on the non-aggression principle from a non-partisan perspective. It's been years since I've read it, but what I took away from it is that "power" is what one can do for one's self, including defense of one's person/life/property, as opposed to "force," which is aggression and coercion against another. I don't recall the author speaking in terms of natural rights, but to me it was a perfect analogy of what is our right to do and what is a violation of others rights. And, therefore, the Libertarian NAP. (It also talks about more esoteric concepts like dowsing and calibration, but that wasn't what stuck with me.)
It further explained that if/when one uses force on others -- no matter how well intentioned -- it will backfire in the end. We must do the right thing for the right reason for the right results. Doing the right thing for the wrong reason or doing the wrong thing for the right reason will always -- ALWAYS! -- will give us the wrong results.
And I see the truth of that every day being played out.