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Libertarian Pledge

I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT I DO NOT BELIEVE IN OR ADVOCATE THE INITIATION OF FORCE AS A MEANS OF ACHIEVING POLITICAL OR SOCIAL GOALS

Would you sign this? it's the Libertarian Party pledge on every membership card.

I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT I... The pledge is a statement of fact in the present tense about the signer.

...DO NOT BELIEVE IN OR ADVOCATE... The pledge says nothing about your beliefs except that a particular one is absent. It says nothing about your behavior except that you refrain from a particular advocacy.

...THE INITIATION OF FORCE... This can be paraphrased as a no first strike policy. When children fight they often accuse each other of hitting first. By renouncing initiation of force, the libertarian becomes uniquely nonthreatening. The pledge permits the Libertarian Party to function freely in an age when other subversive and radical groups are being persecuted. All force is not initiation, libertarians don't renounce retaliation and many own weapons. Governments get money by initiating force so libertarians don't believe in taxes. Governments regulate by initiating force so libertarians don't believe in regulation.

...AS A MEANS OF ACHIEVING POLITICAL OR SOCIAL GOALS. That's all there is to it.

The pledge doesn't ask why you don't believe in initiation of force. Perhaps you see the initiation of force an inefficient way to solve problems. Perhaps you see the initiation of force an immoral way to solve problems. Perhaps you see the initiation of force as damaging your karma. Perhaps you don't believe in or advocate anything political or have any social goals. You just want the government to leave you alone! Sign the pledge! You've just discovered you're a libertarian.