I have been asked recently to clearly define my views on government and the use of force. Stated succinctly I believe that every human being has a fundamental core of rights that is theirs because they are human usually termed natural or God-given rights. I also believe that the government is fundamentally based on the use of force and that it is necessary but should exist only as necessary to protect the rights of its citizens as free individuals.
“If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” -- James Madison
I find the core of a human’s rights to be most clearly defined as the right to be unmolested. Specifically, the way I view human or natural or God-given rights is that any person has the right to act as they wish, so long as they are not initiating force against another person. This satisfies and provides a logical control on the intuitive understanding of right and wrong: It is wrong to murder and steal. It is right to stop a murder or a theft.