Dwight Writes

2005-07-13

Paleo-libertarian Social Contract - a bill of human rights

The dignity of the human person requires that no other human person, or organization of persons in human society, can assume to take away the absolute right to freedom of the individual, except in response to violence done by that person against another. Abrogating a person's freedom of action is itself an act of violence against that person.

This means that:

Every individual has personal sovereignty. They must be allowed to freely choose their every action, as long as the action does not do harm to another's person or property.

Every individual has an absolute right to life, the only exception being where merely restraining them by all means possible is not enough to prevent them from doing harm to others.

Every individual has an absolute right to own property, and no person or organization has the right to separate them from their property, or their exercise of ownership of their property, unless no other means can be found to prevent them from harming others by means of that property.

Every individual has an absolute right of association. The right of association also means that a person has the right not to associate with other persons or organizations. This further implies a right to secession from all human organizations, including every form of government. This right extends to every organization of persons who, as a group, are part of a larger organization. The right of association does not mean that a person has a right to be accepted as a member of any organization, since that would be contradictory to the right not to be associated with another.

6 Comments:

  • Clarifications about personal sovereignty: the absolute freedom of action does not do away with contract responsibilities. A person who engages in a contractural arrangement is always bound to fulfill his responsibilities vis-a-vis the contract.

    By Blogger Dwight, at 2:02 PM  

  • Clarification about the right to property: there will, of course, be occasions where property must be taken temporarily for security reasons. This is where law comes into play, establishing the parameters of such exceptions.

    By Blogger Dwight, at 2:05 PM  

  • What does the clarification of property rights mean? Under what circumstances is it right to take somebody's property "for safety reasons"? The only case I can think of is to prevent attacks on some specific person or event, and in that case you only have to take weapons from those who enter the relevant place. And that can be handled voluntarily, so it is not an exception.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:21 PM  

  • Anonymous, there will always be circumstances where, to use your example, a weapon would need to be taken from someone WITHOUT their cooperation. Society has a right to protect itself from individuals and organizations that do it harm. That is true of the gun-wielding outlaw or the tax-wielding government. I am guessing what you mean is that, in some 'relevant place' the local security organization would take weapons upon entry and return them upon departure. Is that what you mean?

    By Blogger Dwight, at 12:58 PM  

  • Yes, that's what I mean. Then you don't force them to give up their guns, it is just part of the entrance terms.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:49 AM  

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