What role does Empathy play in a libertarian society? – Zero Aggression Project

Libertarianism is inherently empathetic. Libertarians respect individual conscience in all things. We imagine how others…

Empathy feels good, achieves good, and returns good.

This makes empathy a better social strategy than bullying force. Empathy fosters positive reciprocity.  By contrast, The State…

  • Threatens and initiates force
  • Is funded by violent means


These practices negate empathy. They replace positive reciprocity with political warfare. If you lose the political contest then I impose on you, and vice versa. Empathetic libertarianism rejects political warfare in favor of non-violent persuasion, cooperation, and tolerance.