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How Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Inspires Libertarian Values

Happy MLK Jr day, fellow freedom fighters.

We all owe this man many thanks for the tenacity and bravery he displayed during his lifetime.

He may not have identified as a libertarian, but many of his messages ring true within the ideology of self ownership, the non aggression principle and voluntaryism, so naturally I decided today is the best day to highlight this correlation.

Here are 10 of Dr. King's quotes that accidentally support libertarianism.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Being judged based on character requires taking personal responsibility and seeking to be the

best possible version of yourself, despite whatever challenges are put in our way.

“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”

Dr King exposes the unfortunate truth that the State can exploit under the rouse of legality, that

law can be corrupt, alluding that those in authority are not necessarily benevolent and that

authority is worthy of being questioned.

“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

Unity is the only way to overcome any problem as a society, learning how to live cooperatively is

paramount for people to flourish.

“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation -- either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”

He recognizes that it's not in what happens to you, but how you respond to it which truly


“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

Resisting oppression and tyranny is not only responsibility, but is absolutely necessary.

“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

This speaks volumes to the non aggression principle; do no harm, do not seek violence, do not

hate one another.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

It is self explanatory but can be looked into even deeper where many today seek social justice

by means of stealing via taxation, silencing via censorship, and oppression in the name of

reparations. This in turn, singlehandedly unties every thread of perceived justice.

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”

Unarmed truth cannot exist in a society that seeks to silence and censor alternative ideas.

“I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed, without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today – my own government.”

We as libertarians stress all the time that the root cause to the majority of our society's problems

lie within the government wielding too much power to begin with.

And last but certainly not least, and requiring no commentary:

“There is nothing more majestic than the determined courage of individuals willing to suffer and sacrifice for their freedom and dignity.”