The Ten Principles of a Free Society

Ron Paul: The Ten Principles of a Free Society
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votesThis is the Appendix to Ron Paul's forthcoming book, Liberty Defined.


1. Rights belong to individuals, not groups; they derive from our nature and
can neither be granted nor taken away by government.

2. All peaceful, voluntary economic and social associations are permitted;
consent is the basis of the social and economic order.

3. Justly acquired property is privately owned by individuals and voluntary
groups, and this ownership cannot be arbitrarily voided by governments.

4. Government may not redistribute private wealth or grant special
privileges to any individual or group.

5. Individuals are responsible for their own actions; government cannot and
should not protect us from ourselves.

6. Government may not claim the monopoly over a people's money and
government's must never engaged in official counterfeiting, even in the name
of macroeconomic stability.

7. Aggressive wars, even when called preventative, and even when they
pertain only to trade relations, are forbidden.

8. Jury nullification, that is, the right of jurors to judge the law as well
as the facts, is a right of the people and the courtroom norm.

9. All forms of involuntary servitude are prohibited, not only slavery but
also conscription, forced association, and forced welfare distribution.

10. Government must obey the law that it expects other people to obey and
thereby must never use force to mold behavior, manipulate social outcomes,
manage the economy, or tell other countries how to behave.

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