On its face, libertarianism is an ideology of human freedom that promotes the ability of individuals to act and think freely to the extent that they do not infringe on the rights of others to do the same. Starting from the presumption that humans have absolute control over their own bodies and their labor, a concept known as self-ownership, libertarians conclude that the state is a primary threat to human freedom, often characterizing it as a fundamentally violent or criminal entity. For right-libertarians such as Murray Rothbard, taxation becomes ...

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