Here is a logical, reality-based, consistent set of principles…a set of eyeglasses…a worldview or set of preconceptions…through which all of life can be processed.
It starts with four overarching dicta:
1. Don’t steal.
2. Don’t enslave.
3. Don’t commit fraud.
4. Treat individuals as individuals.
You cannot disagree with my opinions without disagreeing with at least one of these precepts.
On Personal Liberty
No person should initiate the use of force or fraud against any other person. Every person has the right to exercise sole dominion over his own life and property so long as he does not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to do the same.
On Human Governance
In human governance, every effort should be made to maximize individual liberty and protect property rights. However, once any compulsion (force) is introduced to advance any social good, whoever introduced the compulsion has accepted in practice, that the “good” is whatever the strongest (those with the guns, jails and the ability and power to impose fines) say it is.
Regulation, and the voting directly or indirectly for any regulation, is the ethical equivalent of slavery.
Taxation, and the voting directly or indirectly for any taxation, is the ethical equivalent of theft.
There is no alternative, coherent position which, for example, seeks justice, equity or more efficient markets. All other positions are a degradation of individual liberty to one degree or another.
Every other position I hold is founded on, or consistent with these fundamental principles.
This statement of principles will now be found on the “About DumpDC” page. Your comments and observations are welcome.