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The latest Real Talk with Julie Borowski from FreedomWorks outlines the “six rules for liberty” as laid out in Matt Kibbe’s latest book, Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto. She says that with the growing influence of libertarianism, it’s important to clear up some misconceptions about the movement.
There are six basic tenants of libertarianism, according to Borowski:
- Don’t hurt people: Pretty simple, right? Don’t hurt people, and don’t allow the government to do so either.
- Don’t take people’s stuff: The basic principle that “stealing is bad” applies to the government, too. Having the government steal from your neighbor to benefit you is just as bad as stealing from your neighbor yourself.
- Take responsibility: Help people yourself, don’t just wait for some government program to swoop in and “save the day.”
- Work for it: Step up and work hard instead of, again, relying on the government to do everything for you.
- Mind your own business: It’s not your business, and it’s definitely not the government’s business, how the people around you live their personal lives. If they’re not hurting anyone, let them be.
- Fight the power: As Julie says, “Anything worth having is worth fighting for.”
Do you see a theme here? Borowski gets down to the point: get the government out of the business of running our daily lives, and liberty will prosper.