What is The “NAP” or Non-Aggression Principle? The Non-Aggression Principle (NAP) is foundational to libertarianism, advocating against initiating or threatening force or interference with an individual, their property, or liberty. Though interpretations vary among libertarians, the core ethos is respect for others’ rights and property, encapsulated in the axiom “don’t hurt people and don’t take their stuff.” This principle distinguishes libertarianism from pacifism by permitting forceful defense against aggression. Mary Ruwart, in her book “Healing Our World,” elaborates on this as the Good Neighbor Policy, emphasizing honesty, tolerance, and respect, alongside accountability for any violations of these ethical standards, encapsulating the essence of libertarianism.
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