Liberty is Among Self-Evident Truths

Many times over the years people have demanded proof that liberty is better than the alternative. Sometimes the detail being questioned changes — maybe it’s the concept of human rights or ethics they are objecting to — but the argument is the same.

They don’t accept the superiority of liberty over whatever they’d prefer, so they demand proof.

No matter what I say, with each response, they move the goal post. With each objection, I’ll be asked to prove something different. At some point, I realize the person doesn’t understand because they don’t want to understand. No amount of effort on my part will make a difference. I’m wasting my time. There’s some reason they want to keep believing it’s OK to harm others who are not violating anyone’s life, liberty, or property.

Occasionally I ask questions to see if I can figure out their reason; I never get a straight answer.

Asking someone to “prove” liberty is better than the alternative is like asking someone to “prove” it’s better to not be boiled alive. If you’re willing to claim it might be better to be tortured and murdered, what can I say?

Like it or not, there are some things that are objectively true. Only politics or other superstitions can make someone dispute this.

If it’s not wrong to attack — to violate — peaceful people who aren’t violating anyone in any way (or making a credible threat to do so) society is an impossibility. Maybe that’s OK with you.

There’s no way to pretend it’s only wrong when you want it to be wrong, but not in other cases where you’d like it to be right. Inconsistency brings down this house of cards.

There would be no such thing as theft. No such thing as self-defense. Slavery couldn’t be wrong. Some people might like these ideas to be true. I’ve been told rights aren’t real because they are only a human construct. Fine. If this is the case, there could be no right to govern others, so we are back where I began.

If you want to be enslaved, I respect your choice. Maybe it is better for you. I’m going to assume it isn’t; that you’d prefer your liberty and self-ownership to be respected and defended.

Then I’ll act on this assumption until you explicitly tell me not to. I am sure liberty is always better even if you won’t accept the proof.

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