So before I launch into a bunch of posts that may bore or confuse folks, maybe I should take the time to give some definitions of some of my more commonly used terms and my most common topics. These are my definitions, the dictionary or Google may disagree. I’ll add more as I find them of course.
Adiaphora: things which are amoral. Things neither specifically condemned or commanded in Scripture. See: CRAS.
Aggression: violence propagated without provocation. Offensive violence as opposed to defensive violence. Coercion.
Anarchist: One who believes that the world and society should operate without coercion.
Anarcho-capitalist: One who believes in the free (non-coerced) trade of goods and services for the benefit of mankind.
Art: The expression of man’s ability to creatively tap into reality or fantasy using various media (paintings, literature, sculpture, photography, music, etc.)
Capitalist: One who uses their talents or material goods to benefit others while also benefitting themselves.
CRAS: Commonly Regarded as Sin, those things which may or may not be sinful depending on who you ask. Usually these things are adiaphora.
Economics: From the Greek οίκος – “household” and νęμoμαι – “manage”. Literally household management. Most people think of money when they think of economics, but economics encompasses all human actions and the externalities (negative and positive) that result from them.
Family: the basic unit of the economy, can consist of an individual or a group of closely related individuals.
Libertarianism: a political theory broadly defined as those who adhere to the NAP though this is a loose definition. The Libertarian political party consists of those who are in general social liberals and fiscal conservatives. Libertarians for the most part only agree on one thing: liberty and freedom are preferred over tyranny and government coercion.
Non-Aggression Principle: AKA the NAP. A principle which states that no individual may commit or threaten aggression against another individual. All such acts are immoral. No violence may be morally perpetrated against a non-aggressor.
Property: That which is lawful possession of an individual. By definition property is a tangible object able to be traded, bartered, given away or disposed of as an individual sees fit.
Reformed: A system of Christian theology having its roots in the Reformation of the 16th century church, though the ideals and beliefs of this system reach back into the 1st century during Christ’s life on this earth. Reformed Christians generally agree on the Five Points of Calvinism (Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, and the Perseverance of the Saints) and the Five Solas: Sola Fide: by faith alone, Sola Scriptura: by Scripture alone, Solus Christus: through Christ alone, Sola Gratia: by grace alone, and Soli Deo Gloria: glory to God alone. All of these will be defined in later posts as I have time.
The State: AKA the government, the State is a general term for any entity that has a monopoly on force in a given geographical region.
Truth: That which corresponds to reality. Real truth is objective, only our perspective of reality is subjective.
Voluntaryist: One who believes in free (non-coerced) interactions between individuals and groups of individuals. All agreements and contracts should be agreed to without aggression or threat of aggression.