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Natural Rights Are Utilitarian – The central commitment of the Libertarian Party should be to individual liberty. Our goal should be to illustrate convincingly that there is no essential separation between natural rights and utilitarianism – that is, the morally correct choice yields the most benefit for the greatest number of people.

The Libertarian Party should support individual liberty because it’s the right thing to do, and because it’s the best way to benefit the greatest number of people.

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https://reason.com/2015/02/01/the-consequences-of-liberty/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtue_ethics

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2012/02/eudaimonist-libertarianism/

http://praxeology.net/whyjust.htm

http://www.ittakesbrains.com/Richman-LibertarianMoralStandardsApplyToEverybody.html

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  • Where is the best place to which to emigrate? OF all the places I’ve visited, I would put Australia number one. It is freer than the US, the culture and people are amazing, the technology is excellent, and it seems like the perfect happy place for me to live and work. I see no real downside at all. I know the government is terrible but so it is everywhere in the world. Second choice might be Costa Rica.

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  • Most of the time when I am looking for a documentary’s most are very left leaning so I think we should start a list of documentary’s on liberty.me for libertarians and anarchists. I will start with 2 I am aware of   Terms and conditions may apply A documentary made about the hidden dangers in the terms and conditions of most software.   Libertopia A documentary made about the Free State Project.     I hope to see this list expand with many helpful and informative documentary’s.

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  • What is the origination of property rights? Where do they come from that you can reason their existence as natural? We usually argue for property rights at some point in our discussions as libertarians, but I’m curious as to where we can claim they’re from. Personally, I derive mine from God and my religious beliefs, similar to what Jefferson stated about God given rights. But what about someone who doesn’t believe in a deity? How can they derive property rights in a way that can’t be dismissed as ideals, but derived in nature? This is also (and arguably more so) important for arguing these natural rights to people who won’t accept a divine aspect. It’s important to have property rights, and they’re evidently beneficial, but the argument remains for declaring these as rights, otherwise the NAP is in jeopardy. How do we have a right to property?

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  • How important is the concept of natural rights to the tenet of libertarianism? Personally, I don’t believe that  “natural rights” exist insofar as rights that are inherent to humanity. Rather I believe all rights are essentially legal or man-made, including the right to life. Natural rights are those that are not dependent on the laws, customs or beliefs of any particular culture or government, and are therefore universal and inalienable (i.e., rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws). Most people feel that natural rights come from God, although I know some atheists who also believe in natural rights. Surely the legal system has not always gotten it right when it comes to things that can/should be/are considered rights, and libertarians recognize that the law is not the basis of right and wrong. Yet I believe all rights describe rules and conditions that we feel are practical, fair and favorable, and do not necessarily describe some divine premise. To me this is perfectly compatible with libertarianism, though I’ve been told that it’s an inconsistent philosophy. Does one have to believe in God and/or natural rights to justify libertarianism?

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  • Hi everyone! I’ve been going through the most difficult time of my life so far, got myself into some serious debt (about 7000 dollars worth) on my first real estate deal, and got caught up with typical debts as well. I’m only able to work part time since I watch the kids during the day while my girl works a job she hates. I plan on making my living with real estate, however I feel there must be more I can do NOW while I’m still recovery from the wreck. I sing and write music, and have decided to venture down that road, but I have an interest in writing to spread the word of voluntarism and anarchy. I’ve never written anything before, but I see so many activists and people who do make a living just trying to educate people. So I guess I’m just asking, what can I do, and where do I start? Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!

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