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IPFS News Link • Philosophy: Libertarianism

National School Choice Week Is Not About Freedom

• by Jacob G. Hornberger

These options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling." The "school choice" concept, of course, encompasses "school vouchers," a program that conservatives have long supported.

This school-choice celebration provides a valuable lesson in how the school voucher program  — and, to a larger extent, the entire reform-oriented segment within the libertarian movement — has adversely impacted the libertarian movement.

The libertarian philosophy

Libertarianism is a pure, consistent philosophy of liberty. Its core principle is the non-aggression principle, which holds that the initiation of force is morally wrong. Thus, libertarianism condemns actions like murder, rape, theft, burglary, and fraud. One of the purposes of government is to prosecute and punish people who initiate force against others.