Is there a simple concept that will create the best possible human society? A simple idea that if held by humans would allow them to adapt in the best possible way to anything that might happen? An idea so simple and obvious that children can easily grasp it?
There is such a concept. It is the Non-Aggression Principle. It says that to have the best possible human society, no one can initiate force against another, or deceive them so that they do something they would not otherwise do.
It found its most successful application in the founding of the United States of America, where the concepts of limited government, constitutional restraint, and transparency created a level of personal freedom and success that had never before existed in a human society. Jefferson described it as “... a wise and frugal government, that shall prevent men from injuring one another, and leave them otherwise free.”
It is the core belief of the Libertarian Party. It is the belief that allows libertarians to say: “Not left, not right, libertarian”. It is the concept that guides them when they say that the only proper role of government is preventing force and fraud.
The world is experiencing an explosion of useful technology. It is experiencing a level of material abundance undreamed of just a few decades ago. There is no end in sight. At the same time, governmental solutions are collapsing, with out of control costs, huge unsustainable debt, millions of words of incomprehensible regulations, and amazing mismanagement.
Fortunately, free market solutions are arising to meet the human needs. It is actually a time of great opportunity, possibly a new golden age. Sustenance, shelter, health care, education, and all other human needs can be provided at a fraction of their previous cost by the explosion of technology, operating in the free market. The only thing that can screw it up is big government. It is time to dramatically downsize government and let the future happen.
There is a concept that can guide us, the Non-Aggression Principle. It is time to bring it out of hiding.