The non-aggression principle holds that people should refrain from initiating force, fraud, or threats of bodily harm against others, and that the only time when bodily harm is ethically permissible is in defense of life, liberty or property against an aggressor. According to libertarian thinkers, there is no other basis upon which a free society can be built; and without freedom, there can be no happiness. ChildWiki endorses the non-aggression and self-ownership principles as guiding principles for human interactions since they produce superior results compared to the alternative, paternalism.
- Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927). "Those who won our independence believed that the final end of the State was to make men free to develop their faculties, and that, in its government, the deliberative forces should prevail over the arbitrary. They valued liberty both as an end, and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness, and courage to be the secret of liberty."