The liberty position maintains that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a
free, peaceful and prosperous world - treat others as though you would like to be treated. To believe
in liberty is not to believe in any particular social and economic outcome. It is to trust in the
spontaneous order that emerges when the state does not intervene in human volition and human cooperation.
It permits people to work out their problems for themselves, build lives for themselves, take risks and
accept responsibility for the results, and make their own decisions. Each person owns his own life and
property, and has the right to make his own choices as to how he lives his life – as long as he simply
respects the same right of others to do the same.