Does Live and Let Live lead to a big or a small government?

The Live and Let Live Principle prohibits all aggression whether it is initiated by an individual, a group of individuals, or a group of individuals who work for, and act at, the direction of a government. A world where individuals, groups, and governments act in accordance with the Live and Let Live Principle is the goal of our Movement. As such, the Movement welcomes people who prefer big governments, small governments, or no formal government at all. Acceptance of the Live and Let Principle is the only requirement to join the Movement.

How does the Live and Let Live Principle apply to victimless crimes?

The Live and Let Live Principle applies the same way to all issues. We first determine who is the owner of the property that is at issue. We then apply the Live and Let Principle to analyze whether the Principle is being violated. If the Principle is being violated, then the conduct should be illegal. If not, then the conduct should be legal. This is the conclusion regardless of whether the conduct is immoral. Moral judgments should not be imposed on others by law.

For example, to analyze the question of prostitution, we need only conclude that the prostitute and the customer each fully own themselves. While minors also own themselves, they are not fully competent and therefore have guardians such as parents. If both the prostitute and the customer are competent adults, then each owns and gets to make decisions for himself or herself. Therefore, so long as The Principle is not violated, we can conclude the conduct should be legal.

Had either the prostitute or the customer not been a competent adult, or had force, fraud or coercion been involved, then the conduct should be illegal. Said another way, voluntary transactions between consenting adults should be legal even if they are determined to be immoral. A victim, for purposes of the criminal justice legal system, is someone who suffered a violation of the Live and Let Live Principle.

How does the Live and Let Live Principle apply to guns?

As with all issues, competent adults should have the right to do whatever they want so long as they don’t violate The Live and Let Live Principle. As with all issues, we simply seek to fairly and honestly determine whether The Principle has been violated.
If so, the conduct should be illegal. If not, the conduct should be legally permitted even if determined immoral.

As with all other issues, unless and until a competent adult who possesses a gun violates The Principle, that person should be left alone. As such, the peaceful, responsible, competent, adult gun owner has a right to be left alone.

However, people who are not competent to safely handle guns and people who have a history of violating The Principle reasonably pose a substantial risk of violating the Principle.
As with self-defense, people are not required to wait until another’s fist hits their face before using appropriate force in defense. Likewise, it is always appropriate to stop or prohibit a substantial threat of violating The Principle.

As such, laws could appropriately prohibit gun possession by minors, incompetent adults and violent felons. Precisely defining the contours and edges of words such as “substantial” “minors” “competent” and “violent” may reasonably vary by community as they do now. We analyze all issues around compliance with The Principle.

How does the Live and Let Live Legal Principle apply to taxes?

The Live and Let Live Principle applies the same way to all issues. We first determine who is the owner of the property that is at issue. We then apply the Live and Let Principle to analyze whether the Principle is being violated. If the Principle is being violated, then the conduct should be illegal. If not, then the conduct should be legal. The issue of taxes involves the government involuntarily taking money from individuals. It is easy to determine the actual and rightful owner of the money at issue is the individual. Because The Principle applies the same way to individuals, groups, and governments, it’s easy to conclude that by involuntarily taking an individual’s money, the government violates The Principle. The Live and Let Movement advocates for a world where all aggression is illegal. We believe a civilized, productive, and virtuous society can be achieved without legally permitting aggression for any purpose. Indeed, creative people have always found non-coercive solutions to problems. That aggression (i.e. taxes) may be the easiest way to envision realizing a particular goal does not make it permissible. While we work towards a world without aggression, we cheer any move towards less aggression in any area such as taxation.

Is the Live and Live Movement Republican or Democratic?

The Live and Let Live Movement is open to both Republicans and Democrats. The Movement welcomes people from any political party and people who are entirely nonpolitical. The only requirement to be a member of the Movement is to accept the Live and Let Live Principle. Both Republicans who value individual liberties and classical liberal Democrats generally already accept the Principle. It is entirely possible to advocate and promote the Live and Live Principle from within either the Republican Party or the Democrat Party.

Is the Live and Live Movement Capitalist or Socialist?

The Live and Let Live Movement is open to people who prefer and promote capitalism as well as to people who prefer and promote voluntary socialism. Nobody should be forced to do anything other than to comply with the Live and Let Live Principle. As such, the Movement is open to people who personally prefer either economic system or a mix of both. Competent adults should be free to choose how they peacefully live as well as how they peacefully acquire, hold, trade and dispose of their property.

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