Okay, fellow libertarians, hardly anyone — certainly less than 1% of the population — accepts the nonaggression principle. Indeed, practically everyone enthusiastically favors aggression, each for reasons dictated by his own values, interests, and ideology. On this basis, politics proceeds, giving rise to the constant turmoil, conflict, violence, and destruction that one expects from a war of all against all.
Various institutional and doctrinal experiments have been tried, but none has done any more than moderate the mayhem, and even then usually only temporarily. So long as people favor the use of aggressive state violence for countless objectives, ranging from the most trivial to the utterly existential, there is no real hope for peace, domestically or internationally. Politics is the disease; the nonaggression principle is the cure; but almost no one wants to swallow it. ~ Robert Higgs