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What is Natural Liberty?

Individuals do not derive their most fundamental liberties from political authorities. Rather, these inalienable freedoms were granted by God prior to the foundation of human government. As philosopher, John Locke, writes, "To understand political power correctly and derive it from its proper source, we must consider what state all men are naturally in. In this state men are perfectly free to order their actions, and dispose of their possessions and themselves, in any way they like, without asking anyone’s permission."

We can thus say that individuals possess a natural liberty that presupposed the institution of government and predominates human decree. Most simply, this liberty is expressed through the unfettered ownership and use of self and property. Therefore, acts of aggression against the life or property of another are crimes and validate a responsive use of force for either defense or retribution.

Explaining this concept, Locke argues that man "has by nature not only the power to preserve his property -- his life, liberty, and possessions --against harm from other men, but to judge and punish breaches of the law of nature by others." The only legitimate uses of force are defense from acts of aggression or retribution for acts of aggression.

In can be said that the rights of others establish the boundaries of natural liberty. All action should be legally permissible, so long as it does not violate the life and property of others. As philosopher Herbert Spencer wrote, we would describe natural liberty as, "the liberty of each, limited alone by the like liberty of all."

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Our objective is to create readable, persuasive, and thought-provoking content on political, economic, historical and cultural topics. We seek to defend individual rights to life, liberty, and property, and condemn all acts of aggression against these fundamental, natural rights.

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