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My philosophy is based on the principle of self-ownership You own your life To deny this is to imply that another person has a higher claim on your life than you do No other person or group of persons owns your life nor do you own the lives of others You exist in time future present and past This is manifest in life liberty and the product of your life and liberty The exercise of choices over life and liberty is your prosperity To lose your life is to lose your future To lose your liberty is to lose your present And to lose the product of your life and liberty is to lose the portion of your past that produced it A product of your life and liberty is your property Property is the fruit of your labor the product of your time energy and talents It is that part of nature that you turn to valuable use And it is the property of others that is given to you by voluntary exchange and mutual consent Two people who exchange property voluntarily are both better off or they wouldnt do it Only they may rightfully make that decision for themselves At times some people use force or fraud to take from others without willful voluntary consent Normally the initiation of force to take life is murder to take liberty is slavery and to take property is theft It is the same whether these actions are done by one person acting alone by the many acting against a few or even by officials with fine hats and fancy titles You have the right to protect your own life liberty and justly acquired property from the forceful aggression of others So you may rightfully ask others to help protect you But you do not have a right to initiate force against the life liberty or property of others Thus you have no right to designate some
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