NAP Requires a Theory of Property and Justice

WarCraft 3 human paladinThe non-aggression principle cannot be a primary concept in libertarianism, because determining what constitutes aggression presupposes a theory of property and its just and unjust acquisition.

Stalin might argue that Solzhenitsyn is his slave, that he belongs in the Gulag by right, and that any attempt by him to escape is aggressive violence.

Thus, in this example, establishing self-ownership is prior to deducing the content of the NAP.