Personal Statement of Principles
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"I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of any other man, nor ask any other man to live for mine." Ayn Rand.
On the other hand, much happiness may be found in FREELY serving others. This cannot be approached as an obligation but as a freely given gift for which gratitude is freely returned. This is most exemplified in personal relationships.
I eschew the initiation of force. I will respond with force as necessary and reasonable.
I do not impose my morality on others and require that others do not impose theirs on me.
I am honest where honesty can reasonably be expected such as in personal or contractual relationships. Honesty is not required in dealings with tyrants or busybodies.
I am polite and kind. I require the same of others.
The individual is sovereign, not the state. The purpose of government is to provide a framework within which individuals can exercise their rights with the maximum amount of freedom without forcibly imposing on the equal rights of others. Government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. Government may not legitimately exercise powers that may not be legitimately exercised by an individual.
Response with force to government tyranny is moral as long as reasonable care is taken to limit the consequences to tyrants and their minions.
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