Understanding the NAP
New to this forum, but have been a registered Libertarian for 20 years. I’ve noticed some confusion with the NAP that I want to rectify.
The Non-Aggression Principle isn’t isolated to direct physical aggression. It can be a bi-product, which makes it worthy of its own candidacy of legal study.
If I was to dump sewage into a waterway in my backyard and my neighbor gets sick, or anyone down stream gets sick, I’ve violated the NAP.
I’ve placed an unnecessary burden on others without their knowledge of me doing so.
An American way of looking at this would be that I’ve negatively influenced someone’s rights to Life, Liberty and their Pursuit of Happiness, without their consent. I’ve impeded on someone’s natural rights. I’ve committed an aggression toward them.
This viewpoint embodies Libertarianism as a whole: that natural rights are sacred and that the whole of the law is to not impede upon anyone’s natural rights.
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