| Statists think it’s okay to violate the Zero Aggression Principle to achieve a good result, or prevent a bad one. But this creates a contradiction, because initiating force is itself a bad result.

Key Concept: Doing something negative (initiating force) takes you away from the positive. You’re in arrears the moment you attempt to use bad means to achieve good ends.

This should create a bias against initiating force, even for the best intentions. Instead of digging deep for exceptions to the Zero Aggression Principle, people should choose one of the many nonviolent options available to pursue their goals. But…

Statists love violence-based solutions, so they keep striving to find justifications. Our “Statism & Statist Myths” collection of Mental Levers rebuts many of these attempted excuses.

By Perry Willis & Jim Babka