Vancouver Island Libertarian Association

Maximizing your Liberty

Statement of Principles

Members must sign this Statement of Principles
Statement of Principles
Liberty is a freedom or freedoms operative between individuals.       
Aggression is any infringement of a Right
 In any community "A Right" is created by individuals agreeing to all four of the following conditions:                                           
·               "The Right" is simultaneously an acknowledged reciprocal duty of the relevant kind.                                                        
·               An Authority exists to impose penalties on any individual who infringes the Right.
·               Any individual acquires a Right simply by acknowledging the relevant reciprocal duty.                                             
·               The relevant reciprocal duty is presumed to be a duty towards each and every other individual.
 The Right of Liberty is expressed by acknowledging the following five principles:                                      


  1. Freedom of Association
    Individuals may voluntarily form and join associations where rules/laws may be established for the exchange of property, settling of disputes, and granting of Authority between members. The Right of Freedom of Association includes the Right to dis-associate with no risk of legal penalty.                                                
  2. Property
    A living person's creations and the fruits of their labour are examples of that person's "property". Every individual has the Right to use, transform, pool, and dispose of, their property in any manner they see fit, so long as such use, transformation, pooling, or disposal, does not infringe any Right. New property is created by agreement, and property can be anything over which people wish to have exclusive control.
  3.  Defense
    Every individual may use and delegate force, or the threat of force, to protect their person and property from Aggression.                 
  4.  Authority
    The only legitimate form of authority is authority over self, which may be delegated, or granted, to an authoritative organization or individual. No individual may legitimately claim any authority over any other individual where it has not been explicitly granted, or implicitly granted as part of reciprocal duty to a claimed Right. There is no limitation to the authority that an individual may grant over self. Any individual may revoke the granting of Authority, simply by giving public notice. Where such revocation results in waiving a reciprocal Right, the individual shall be informed prior to extinguishing authority and waiving the Right. 
  5. Non-signatories
    Every individual is presumed to have the same Rights as signatories, unless waived by deed or word. Non-signatories shall be left in peace, unmolested by signatories.

I,                                                                                                , believe that all rational men will agree with this Statement of Principles                                                    

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Vancouver Island

British Columbia


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