The Right to be Left Alone

You don’t have a right to be supplied goods and services. You do have a right to engage in voluntary commerce. I have a right to be left alone. When you attempt to force me to fund your consumption, you are violating my rights. When I refuse to go along with your scheme, I’m defending my rights, not violating yours.

These principles do not have asterisks. They do not exclude education, healthcare, defense, criminal justice, or whatever other goods and services you believe that others should be forced to provide you. If you want or need these things, you should go purchase them. If you steal them (either directly or indirectly by voting for the state to engage in theft on your behalf), you are not a good or innocent person. You are, in fact, a criminal and you deserve to be treated like one.

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Parrish Miller has worked as a web designer, policy analyst, blogger, journalist, digital media manager, and social media marketing consultant. Having been largely cured of his political inclinations, he now finds philosophy more interesting than politics and is focused particularly on alternative ideas such as counter-economics, agorism, voluntaryism, and unschooling.

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