Reply To: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.


Thomas Jefferson famously wrote of slavery during the Missouri Crisis, “we have the wolf by the ear, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go. justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other.” This statement reflected the idea, in wide circulation at the time, that the only moral claim stronger than justice was self-preservation. If libertarians deny this, I haven’t seen it.