6 Reasons Why the Non Aggression Principle is Stupid

6 Reasons Why the Non Aggression Principle is Stupid

3. Hurt feelings are aggression

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But wait! There’s more! The NAP train keeps on rolling! Even hurting someone’s feelings can be regarded as aggression, so where’s the line?

“…borrow a thought from Hume, that I could prevent the destruction of the whole world by lightly scratching your finger? Or, to take a perhaps more plausible example, suppose that by imposing a very, very small tax on billionaires, I could provide life-saving vaccination for tens of thousands of desperately poor children? Even if we grant that taxation is aggression, and that aggression is generally wrong, is it really so obvious that the relatively minor aggression involved in these examples is wrong, given the tremendous benefit it produces?”

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  • Nathan Larson
    March 18, 2017, 3:50 pm

    Driving isn’t usually regarded by anarcho-capitalists as “personal pollution” unless the person is in their own driveway. Rather, highway owners would be responsible for the pollution of their guests.

    Smoking is already prohibited in most public places under the theory that people have a right to not be assaulted by smoke. So to some extent, the NAP is already in effect.

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