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The Non-Aggression Principle

The non-aggression principle, or NAP for short, is a moral stance which asserts that aggression is inherently illegitimate.

Aggression, for the purposes of the NAP, is defined as the initiation or threatening of violence against a person or his property. Specifically, any unsolicited actions of others that physically affect an individual’s property, including that person’s body, no matter if the result of those actions is damaging, beneficiary or neutral to the owner, are considered violent when they are against the owner’s free will and interfere with his right to self-determination, as based on the principle of self-ownership.

In contrast to pacifism, the non-aggression principle does not preclude violence used in self-defense.

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