Some terms used regularly on this website may be unfamiliar to new readers. We hope the definitions below will prove helpful.

  • agorism – the practice of counter-economics and the ideas associated with that practice; explicitly opposed to political elections and parliamentary strategies source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
  • anarcho-capitalism – a political philosophy which advocates the elimination of the state in favor of individual sovereignty, private property, and open markets source: Wikipedia
  • CopBlocking – a form of activism in which individuals videotape on-duty police officers in order to encourage them to follow the law, discourage acts of police brutality and maintain a record of any policy wrongdoing
  • libertarianism – “Libertarianism is the view that each person has the right to live his life in any way he chooses so long as he respects the equal rights of others. Libertarians defend each person’s right to life, liberty, and property-rights that people have naturally, before governments are created. In the libertarian view, all human relationships should be voluntary; the only actions that should be forbidden by law are those that involve the initiation of force against those who have not themselves used force-actions like murder, rape, robbery, kidnapping, and fraud.” – source: Libertarianism: A Primer by David Boaz, Free Press, 1997.
    Note that libertarian is not synonymous with (capital L) Libertarian, which indicates a member of the Libertarian political party.
  • Non-Aggression Principle aka NAP – opposition to the initiation of force to achieve social or political goals; rejection of  “first-strike” force, fraud or theft against others; use of force in self-defense only. Those who violate this “non-aggression principle” are expected to make their victims whole as much as possible. source: Dr. Mary Ruwart via The Advocates for Self-Government
  • Porcupine – commonly used term to describe a New Hampshire liberty activist; comes from the fact that the mascot of the Free State Project is a porcupine.
  • Robin Hooding – a form of activism in which expired parking meters are fed in order to “rescue” drivers from parking tickets
  • Zero-Aggression Principle aka ZAP – see Non-Aggression Principle above

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