I'm a Libertarian ...
What does that mean for you?
A Libertarian Social Contract, by Gene Trosper
I believe in tolerance.
|That means I will tolerate your lifestyle so long as it remains peaceful
and non-coercive to others. You can wear funny clothing, sport strange
hairstyles, smoke whatever you wish, make love the way you want, worship
in your own way ... it's your life to lead as you choose. Although I may
not agree with some of your habits and choices, you still have the right
to be you!
I believe in privacy.
|That means I won't be peeking over your fence, staring through your
windows, sorting through your trash or asking neighbors about your private
life. I respect you as an autonomous individual capable of making your
own decisions without the unsolicited "help" of myself or others (Of course,
I'm always glad to help and offer advice if you ask though!). You won't
find me trying to pry into your privacy.
I do not covet what is yours.
|What you earn and own is yours, not mine. I do not want to expropriate
your hard-earned dollars for the benefit of myself, my family, my neighbors
or total strangers. You, your money and property are safe around me. I
will not steal -- and I will not ask the government to tax you for any
reason. In fact, you will likely find me asking the government to give
you (and everyone else) a break at tax time!
As a libertarian, this is my contract with you! All I simply ask is
that you allow me the equal freedom to live my life unfettered. Once we
agree, the basis of a more peaceful and abundant society will have been
Gene Trosper is an LP activist and writer living in California.
re-published here with the permission of the author
also see Bruce Wechsler's version at http://www.bruce4house.org/pledge.html
for more information, please see "A
Whole Bunch of FAQs on Liberty" at http://www.FreedomKeys.com/faqs.htm