Of course most human interaction is peaceful and voluntary. But the large and ever expanding exception to this rule is government. The methods by which government imposes its will are neither peaceful nor voluntary. So, one of the primary activities of libertarians is finding ways to roll back the State.
At the same time, at a personal level libertarians advocate "self-government," i.e., personal responsibility and social tolerance. Self-government essentially means taking care of yourself (so others don't have to) and tolerating differences in others (so conflicts between people are minimized). The more self-government we do, the less others' government we'll have to put up with.
"Self-government is the combination of personal responsibility and tolerance. Responsibility means you govern yourself. Tolerance means you don't force your values on peaceful, honest people." --Advocates for Self-Government
"We hold that all individuals
have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have
the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not
forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever
manner they choose." --The
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Copyright © 2000 by Jon Osborne.