But do Libertarian Party candidates talk about, or even understand the NAP anymore?
In an email received by IPR from the Architects of the New Paradigm Conference Series producer, Jordan Pease, Dr. Ruwart and her explication of the core paradigm of the Non-Aggression Principle was described as “a hit” of the conference. Mr. Pease writes, “Mary really WOWed the attendees. It was her first time speaking for us, and she did a terrific job of getting the audience to really think about non-aggression as a key to the peaceful future both our attendees and other presenters are creating. It was challenging to some, generated intense discussions in the hallways and lobby afterwards, and raised lots of questions. Simply put, Mary was a hit; we hope to have her back next year.”
Dr. Ruwart is a former at-large member of the Libertarian National Committee, and the author of Healing Our World: The Compassion of Libertarianism, and Short Answers to the Tough Questions. Her talk was titled: “How We Learned the Secret of Peace and Plenty in Childhood – and Then Promptly Forgot It!”
A partial transcript of the introduction of her presentation follows.
“. . . So in a way, I am talking about what you already know. . . I want to apologize in advance if I make you uncomfortable. . . . I invite you to contact me after the conference. Be sure to contact me to get answers to any questions that you might not have gotten answered in our two days that we have with you. The ideas that we are going to talk about today are not mine; they are not new; in fact they are quite old. They go back beyond recorded history. . . .”
“Self-rule, or self-governance, is often referred to as the “Non-Aggression Principle (NAP),” “libertarianism,” “political freedom” or “the Good Neighbor policy.” The NAP is the secret to maximizing universal harmony and abundance. I need to define terms, for example “libertarianism.” Many of you are probably are only acquainted with libertarianism through the Libertarian Party. For the first twenty years or so of its existence, it was a great proponent of the NAP. If you talked with any Libertarian candidate, you would hear mostly the same thing (about the NAP). But, unfortunately, that is no longer true. I have to make this disclaimer upfront because in the last ten years or so, Libertarian candidates often don’t even seem to be aware of the NAP. I want to make that clear to you. It can get very confusing if you hear people refer to themselves as “Libertarian” and have them talk about things that seem opposed to the NAP.”
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“When the NAP is violated, usually through government, poverty and death result. . . .”
Video of Dr. Ruwart’s presentation is available for rent ($2.99) or purchase ($4.99) HERE.