L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 40, July 9, 1998
Defending My Individual Rights
First Place, Child Category
By Rylla Cathryn Smith (age 8)
Special to The Libertarian Enterprise
I belong to myself. I was born with that right. I own myself.
My life belongs to me.
Everybody has the same right -- the right not to be bothered by
Because I belong to myself, I can wear anything I want. If I own
my own life, I could wear no clothes, even. It might be silly, it
might be cold, but it's my own life.
If I belong to myself, nobody should be able to decide for me what
I want to do. You have actually given up some of your life by feeding
old people or picking up cans from the highway. I should decide for
myself. Or else why is it called "volunteerism"?
Because I own myself, if I want to I can sign up for the military,
but if I don't want to I shouldn't have to.
If I own my own life then other people own their own lives. Some
people don't even know it -- most people don't even know it. They
should know that they have the right not to be interfered with -- that
everybody has the right not to be interfered with.
If other people learned to respect their own rights, then they
might start respecting mine.
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