The League’s Principles
The League sees the individual as the basic unit of society. Only individuals make choices and are responsible for their actions. The League emphasizes the dignity of each individual, which entails both rights and responsibility.
Because individuals are moral agents, they have a right to be secure in their life, liberty, and property. These rights are not granted by government or by society; they are inherent in the nature of human beings. It is intuitively right that individuals enjoy the security of such rights; the burden of explanation should lie with those who would take rights away.
The Rule of Law
The League proposes a society of liberty under law, in which individuals are free to pursue their own lives so long as they respect the equal rights of others. There are no arbitrary commands that aim at any particular outcome. As such, the League’s members are free participate in any activity, except for piracy and slave trading which violates the property and individual rights of others.
To protect rights, individuals form governments. But government is a dangerous institution. The League have a great antipathy to concentrated power, for as Lord Acton said, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Thus the League wants to divide and limit power, and that means especially to limit government.
To survive and to flourish, individuals need to engage in economic activity. The right to property entails the right to exchange property by mutual agreement. Free markets are the economic system of free individuals, and they are necessary to create wealth. The League believe that people will be both freer and more prosperous if government intervention in people’s economic choices is minimized.
Fun & Camaraderie
Developing mutual trust will go a long way in a cold and dangerous universe. It is not just the destination that matters, but the journey itself.