“NAP a hit” – Mary Ruwart “WOWs” ANP Conference

Architects of the New Paradigm conference speakers, Will Wilkinson, Dr. Mary Ruwart, and Foster Gamble.

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.

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Joe is a retired, formerly tenured professor of marketing and finance with an interest in adventure travel, chasing total solar eclipses, and Burning Man. He is a long-time volunteer with the Sundance Film Festival, former Chair of the Utah Libertarian Party and current Chair of the financial Audit Committee of the Libertarian Party. He and Cindy, his wife of over 25 years, have raised four highly successful children, several cats, and have generally failed with every houseplant ever gifted to them.

6 thoughts on ““NAP a hit” – Mary Ruwart “WOWs” ANP Conference

  1. D. Frank Robinson

    I was present at the founding of the LP and I want to confirm Dr. Ruwart’s observation about the non-aggression principle and recent LP candidates. The NAP was the at the core for the founders. Today emphasizing the NAP and its elaboration in the LP Statement of Principle is radical.

  2. Starchild

    This is good news but doesn’t surprise me. I believe a focus on the Non-Aggression Principle and its message of peace and cooperation has the potential to change the world toward a greater understanding of and appreciation for freedom than anything else, and Mary Ruwart is a great teacher. As history accelerates, people are increasingly ready for this message.

  3. robert capozzi

    NF, I don’t dispute that the Founders were NAPsters. The SoP is, in a sense, “radical,” in the extremist sense and to a lesser degree in the get-to-the-root sense.

    Perhaps my views haven’t been clear to you. I happen to believe that the Founders made some fundamental mistakes at the Founding, and I invite others to examine those mistakes with fresh eyes.

  4. NewFederalist

    “Perhaps my views haven’t been clear to you.” – Robert Capozzi

    VERY clear! I also understand PLAS (although we haven’t heard much about that in the last couple of years). It’s kinda the obsession thing I was going for. No disrespect intended, BTW.

  5. George Dance

    “But do Libertarian Party candidates talk about, or even understand the NAP anymore?”

    Yes, of course they do. Not exclusively, since as candidates they’re speaking to non-libertarian voters, and they can’t just use the NAP (or some weirdness that purports to follow from the NAP) to bludgeon voters; they have to address the voters’ own concerns as well as their own.

    But even if a candidate goes full “cost-benefit analysis,” it’s worth pointing out that aggression is always and everywhere a cost.

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