Mary Ruwart: Is the Non-Aggression Principle Dead?

October 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Recently, the NAP has been the subject of a number of blogs posted by people who question its ethical basis, practicality, and universality. As someone who has written extensively on this subject for over two decades, I thought I’d weigh in.

Basically, the NAP has two parts. First of all, we don’t threaten others with first-strike force, fraud or theft. If we do, we make things right again with the person we’ve harmed, usually through restitution. For example, if we put a baseball through our neighbor’s window, we buy a new one. The NAP, or as I like to call it, the Good Neighbor Policy, is what most of us were taught as children. In relating to each other on an individual basis, most of us still adhere to it.

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