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alfredAlfred the Great was one of the first Anglo-Saxon English kings. And he seems a good one. I'm reading Winston Churchill's History of the English Speaking Peoples, and the author notes King Alfred's Book of Laws (around 880 CE) inverted the Golden Rule into "What ye will that other men should not do to you, that do ye not to other men". In other words, "don't to to others what you would not want done to you". Less ambitious, but how insightful!

Libertarians believe that individuals should be free to do anything they want, so long as they do not infringe upon the equal rights of others. There are no "positive rights" (such as to food, shelter or health care), only "negative rights" (such as to not be assaulted, robbed or censored), including the right to personal property.

I have seen Locke, or Mill, given as the early libertarians. It seems King Alfred got the essence down a long time before them. I'm sure we all are better off because of this wisdom. Thanks Al!

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