Meditating on the Concepts of Aggression and Violence

The following correspondence originally took place here, upon the Facebook page, “Statism is Slavery“…

(replies from all third parties have been omitted for clarity)

Statism is Slavery: All aggression is violence, but not all violence is aggression. Discuss. -Ray

Rayn: To me, all violence is a form of aggression, by definition, so my distinction between its types would be those acts based upon the initiation of violence, and those acts of self-defense. With this, a third, more grey area emerges: those acts based on an unequal, cruel or unusual response to the initiation of violence. And, though this third category would likely be the least-occurring form of violence, it would be where the most divergence of opinion would reside… at least, among those of us who understand self-defense to be a natural right, that is! 🙂