Bill Weld Says He Agrees With Non-Aggression Principle – Video

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Bill Weld Confronted in Keene About the Non-Aggression Principle

For those who are new to libertarianism the most important thing to learn about is the non-aggression principle, which says that it’s wrong to initiate force against others for any reason.

To libertarians, the use of force is only acceptable in defense of yourself, others, or property. As former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld told me Friday, it’s the “bedrock principle” of the libertarian movement.

Given Weld’s public statements that have been very unlibertarian, I was surprised when not only did he acknowledge its existence, but even claimed to agree with it. Is this video the first time Bill Weld has talked publicly about the non-aggression principle during the whole campaign?

Since Weld and Gary Johnson were nominated in May by the national Libertarian Party, many libertarians have been sharply divided by the decision.

Some, like Free Keene blogger Darryl W Perry have criticized the national LP for watering down the message of liberty. Darryl even recently reactivated his campaign for president as a write-in candidacy in several states to give principled libertarians a choice.

Others, like Free Keene blogger Rich Paul are enthusiastically behind the Johnson/Weld campaign, excited that their “pragmatic” approach will bring more votes and publicity to the LP.

It’s important to remember that Weld and his co-presidential candidate Gary Johnson are both professional politicians. That means they are smooth, good with people, and are likely liars. I’d love to believe that Weld believes in the non-aggression principle, but if he’s not talking about it in his mainstream media interviews and taking positions on issues based on that principle, then I can’t support his campaign in any meaningful way besides to say that Johnson/Weld are the best choice of the candidates on the ballot. That said, I’ll be writing in Darryl W Perry.

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  1. Freekeeners are aggressive.  You people are out there shoving camera’s in people’s faces, harassing meter maids, and harassing police officers. All forms of aggression.

  2. Yawn…

  3. Jumping Jacks

    You seem wholly incapable of differentiating between offensive force and defensive force.  I suggest that may be a significant factor in your continuing to believe in two opposing things at once.

  4. WEEDA CLAUS Jumping Jacks Spare me your cocktail party psychology. Freekeeners are aggressive towards anyone who disagrees with them. I have seen them harassing people on the street who don’t agree with their philosophies.

  5. Good for him. 🙂

  6. Jumping Jacks WEEDA CLAUS Now, now Jacks. Lying is quite unbecoming of you. You’ve trolled this blog long enough to know perfectly well that, in Keene at least, voicing objections when being victimized by government employees does not constitute harassment. The employees in Keene’s parking authority understand this sort of thing intimately. That’s why it’s been emphasized so clearly in their job descriptions.

  7. Drac Vermell Jumping Jacks WEEDA CLAUS Peaches, you seem to be under the influence of poor thinking. In time, I believe there will be parking kiosks. Freekeeners aren’t victimized by the government, they choose to break the law and get into trouble with the government. You’re lies are pathetic and childish at best. You almost never see freekeeners playing Robin Hood anymore. There is a lot of internal strife within the freekeeners. Many have left the group. Ian Bernard is currently being investigated by the FBI for child porn, Rich Paul has moved away. Ademo has moved away. The list goes on and on. Before you make another statement, I suggest you do your homework baby Huey.

  8. Jumping Jacks Drac Vermell WEEDA CLAUS Jacks, Jacks, Jacks, when there are so many regulations on the books, breaking one of them becomes an inevitability doesn’t it? And with the monetary windfall to be had by taking advantage of this, bureaucrats have every incentive to make sure that the regulations remain as vague and all-encompassing as possible. This ensures that there will always be a pool filled with violators for them to fish from.
    You know Jacks, it’s very dishonest of you to continue to pretend that you don’t understand the fundamental particulars of this scam. You don’t expect me to believe that a successful entrepreneur like yourself would be completely oblivious as to how these sorts of things work, do you?

  9. Jumping Jacks WEEDA CLAUS

    So we agree that consent should be a primary ingredient between individuals interacting ?

    Then why do you then disavow that idea, when you champion an involuntary based government ?

    Isn’t that evidence of you holding two opposing views at once ?

    More cocktail sauce ?  Hey where’d all the shrimp go?

  10. William Weld did not want to have a discussion with you Mr. Bernard, that was clear. And at the end of your video the guy with the camera “interviewing ” you, first had no idea who you were until coming to Keene from Utah, and didn’t appreciate the meme linking their campaign to yours. Your a nobody and yesterday’s news.

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