I recently had a self-revelation. In every case I’ve been able to think of, I value liberty over life if there’s a conflict (real or imagined) between the two.
Life, liberty, and property are all important. If I were forced to rank them, though, I would rank them this way: liberty > life > property. And I think property and life are almost interchangeable– property is what helps you hang on to life.
I get that some people reverse the order and value life more than liberty. Many people seem to value one or the other more depending on the specific issue. I don’t think the issue matters at all to the equation. Liberty (to me) is always more important than life.
But which one is really more important? The question is meaningless.
Value is always subjective.
Liberty is why I will always support the absolute natural right to own and to carry weapons. Regardless of whether someone believes– rightly or wrongly– that doing so puts lives in danger. I’m pro-liberty.
It’s why I’m going to side with the woman on the topic of abortion, even though I don’t like abortion and think it is generally a sign of irresponsibility. I’m pro-liberty.
It’s why I support the right of addicts to use drugs without being attacked by state goons. I’m pro-liberty.
It’s why I am not a supporter of government borders, of cops, of Covid mandates, or of the safety nazis. I’m pro-liberty.
It’s about liberty, even over and above life. Liberty is my priority.
Yes, you have to be alive to enjoy liberty. A corpse can’t enjoy liberty. However, a life without liberty (or at least the hope of liberty to come) is worse than death in my opinion. I believe liberty is worth dying to protect and promote.