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Logical Proof for Individual Liberty:

"SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins."
-Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

The value of the individual: Irreplaceable, utterly unique, and sacred.
• Thought, inspiration and innovations come only to the individual.
• The individual is the only nexus by which hidden potential can be made real; by which the unmanifest is made manifest.
• Totally unique in one’s ability to take in, prioritize and process information, each individual is irreplaceable.
• The individual is responsible for his actions because it is the individual's will alone that animates him.
• The individual is able to evaluate how his behavior will effect his interests faster and with greater precision than any outside entity.

Society and its law: Do not initiate nonconsensual harm and defend against those who do.
• Groups are composed of individuals in communication with one another, each building upon one another’s individual attainments.
• Society is composed of individuals exchanging or combining one’s resources with another in order to fulfill each one’s desires.
• A voluntary society is one where every association and exchange occurs on a voluntary basis according to the will of the individuals involved.
• All behavior that does not directly and proximately harm another is naturally permitted by others in society.
• All behavior that does directly and proximately harm another may naturally be forbidden and defended against by others in society.
• The only moral use of nonconsensual harm is to defend against initiated nonconsensual harm.
• Once an individual is stolen from, killed, repressed or otherwise silenced, his contribution through exchange and charity is lost, and a precedent is set for other individuals to be likewise harmed.
• The most effective way for one’s affairs to be free of unwanted interference is for one’s affairs to remain private, because others cannot interfere in matters they are unaware of.

Therefore, rightful individual liberty is having the freedom to behave any way one wishes without interference from others so long as one does not initiate direct, proximate, and nonconsensual harm.

Government: The Apex Predator
While the individual has this critical importance, he is only one, making him easy prey for institutionalized robbers and slavers to steal his essence.
• Government is a distinct entity that achieves rule making/ military dominance over a society and can empower itself to initiate nonconsensual harm with legal impunity. It's composed of the legislature and the people it employs to impose it's will.
• Government empowers itself to initiate nonconsensual harm with legal impunity. This power is derived from brute force.
• Government empowers itself to take EVERYTHING from society, including one's life, and has no obligation to provide anything to society.
• Government has no obligation to obey the individual or even the whole of society, however the individual and society must obey government.
• Government is not exercising delegated authority when it initiates nonconsensual harm, because no individual in existence inherently possesses such authority.
• Governmental power is not derived from consent because any power derived from consent is extinguished when consent is withdrawn.
• Government confiscates property from unwilling individuals and is not obligated to provide any services in return.
• Government is not law, services, or infrastructure. Government is an entity that merely pays for these sevices with confiscated wealth in order to garner dependence, obedience, and loyalty.
• Governments compete and cooperate with each other for resources, and they consider societies to be resources.
• If government loses legal impunity to initiate nonconsensual harm, then it loses its power to govern, and ceases to be government.

Fascism/Corporatism/Socialism vs Free Individuals:
Governmental power is irresistible bait for those who crave economic dominance. They use governmental power to lay hands directly upon the individual, mandate how the individual may use one's property, dictate the terms of transactions, and grant privileges to those they prefer.

• Governments charter corporations and clothe them with limited liability protection (which is a degree of the government’s power to harm with impunity.)
• Governments mandate corporations consider profit the highest priority. Contrast with Individuals whom naturally and near instantly consider all consequences of their business actions and weigh them against profit.
• Governments argue the free market is too strict and therefor it must shield companies from loss and liability by subsidizing and legalizing degrees of harm so the economy can operate smoothly and innovations can be brought to society.
• A Free Society has the strictest regulations because all who initiate harm are fully liable to those they harm. And those who don't produce valued work product at a sustainable rate fail.
• Licensing and regulations are designed to increase the market share for those who comply by harming/criminalizing those who don't comply (both buyers and sellers).
• When a capitalist uses government power he ceases to be a capitalist and becomes either a fascist or a communist.

In general,
Natural rights are those actions one can engage in without needing the permission of another. I think this is what the OP is referring to as a right.

Legal rights are those actions one can engage in because a legislature granted permission.

Contract rights are those actions one can engage in because of a contract.
Free individuals do not have rulers with the power to micromanage their daily affairs. They have a judicial system each may use to settle disputes in an orderly and civilized manner and an infrastructure each may use to organize themselves into a defensive force against would be conquerors.

Each individual, has an interest in forever limiting the harm all organizations may cause. However the great majority clamor for government. It is this demand that sustains the occupation.

The most practical solution is to end the demand for governmental power by innovating and implementing alternative models that allow us to thrive. In this way we will obsolete this ancient system of tyranny and our brothers and sisters will turn towards individual liberty.

For Challenges, Critiques, Suggestions, or Brainstorming please write to AbsoluteRights@Gmail.com

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"...the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately." Thomas Jefferson

When seeking to reform an oppressive legal system, an explanation to one's community is due. Each one of us find the following to be true:
• Initiating nonconsensual harm, no matter how well intentioned, is the primary source of human suffering.
• No Individual or group is inherently superior to another;
• No Individual, group, or government has the rightful authority to initiate direct, proximate, and nonconsensual harm. Such authority is derived from brute force, is illegitimate, and is hereby rejected;
• Each Individual’s sole inherent legal obligation is to not initiate direct, proximate, and nonconsensual harm;
• Each Individual is utterly unique, irreplaceable, and sacred; each individual is responsible for one's own success, failure, and harm because it is one's will alone that animates;
• Each Individual is endowed by Nature with independent thought, free will, and the inviolable right to be, do, and have in any of the infinite combinations one wishes to afford to one’s self without interference from any individual, group, or government, so long as one does not initiate direct, proximate, and nonconsensual harm;
• Each Individual may keep one's personal affairs private and free from government search or surveillance so as to be able to protect one's interests from unwanted interference.
• Tyrants and Villains don't give notice as to when and where they will harm peace loving people therefore, each Individual may be armed as one pleases, when one pleases, where one pleases to be able to defend against those individuals, groups, or governments who attempt to initiate direct, proximate, and nonconsensual harm;
• The only rightful uses of nonconsensual harm is to defend against those who initiate direct, proximate, and nonconsensual harm, or to restore victims of such harm by holding the initiator responsible; the rightful amount of defensive nonconsensual harm is the smallest degree necessary and practical to successfully defend or restore.

Holding these principles to be immutable, each of us commits to not initiating nonconsensual harm and to defending eachother from those who try.
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Individual liberty requires subjugating your own prejudices so you can extend liberty to your fellow man every day by giving your each individual the freedom to be, who they want to be, without being punished.

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excellent production

elucidate with fervor
you do it well, sir.

thanks gptnomoney!

you may have been the only one to read it :)
i really appreciate the compliment.

Today is the first time I have ever seen this post make

the front page of DP. Cool!

Forums work for me.

"For Challenges, Critiques, Suggestions, or Brainstorming please write to..." this forum.

Individuality is a measurable fact. That was covered very well in Equitable Commerce way back in the 1800s.

http://www.anarchiwum.bzzz.net/yak/equitable%20commerce.pdf

Failing to understand the principle of individuality is a common failing among people who are adversely affected by those who profit from deception.

Failing to understand the power of deception as a harmful device used by individual people who want individual measures of power flowing from their many victims to the individual criminals, is a common failure.

Failing to understand that Free Market Concepts of market forces as collective sum totals of individual choices, whereby the power of those choices force the suppliers to supply higher quality and lower cost supplies, have been understood for some time, is another failure.

Example:
http://www.amazon.com/Reclaiming-American-Revolution-Kentuck...

Reclaiming the American Revolution: The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions and Their Legacy

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Second, federalism permits the states to operate as laboratories of democracy-to experiment with various policies and Programs. For example, if Tennessee wanted to provide a state-run health system for its citizens, the other 49 states could observe the effects of this venture on Tennessee's economy, the quality of care provided, and the overall cost of health care. If the plan proved to be efficacious other states might choose to emulate it, or adopt a plan taking into account any problems surfacing in Tennessee. If the plan proved to be a disastrous intervention, the other 49 could decide to leave the provision of medical care to the private sector. With national plans and programs, the national officials simply roll the dice for all 284 million people of the United States and hope they get things right.

Experimentation in policymaking also encourages a healthy competition among units of government and allows the people to vote with their feet should they find a law of policy detrimental to their interests. Using again the state-run health system as an example, if a citizen of Tennessee was unhappy with Tennessee's meddling with the provisions of health care, the citizen could move to a neighboring state. Reallocation to a state like North Carolina, with a similar culture and climate, would not be a dramatic shift and would be a viable option. Moreover, if enough citizens exercised this option, Tennessee would be pressured to abandon its foray into socialized medicine, or else lose much of its tax base. To escape a national health system, a citizen would have to emigrate to a foreign country, an option far less appealing and less likely to be exercised than moving to a neighboring state. Without competition from other units of government,the national government would have much less incentive than Tennessee would to modify the objectionable policy. Clearly, the absence of experimentation and competition hampers the creation of effective programs and makes the modification of failed national programs less likely.
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Free Market Government Power commanded by individuals was invented a long time ago in the form of Trial by Jury.

Failing to understand how that works was not a failure made by King John. He got the message.

"The trial by jury is based upon a recognition of this principle, and therefore forbids the government to execute any of its laws, by punishing violators, in any case whatever, without first getting the consent of "the country," or the people, through a jury. In this way, the people, at all times, hold their liberties in their own hands, and never surrender them, even for a moment, into the hands of the government."

http://www.barefootsworld.net/trial01.html

http://www.nationallibertyalliance.org/federal-constitution

Ignorance is an individual failure. Willful ignorance is an individual goal; how does one accurately measure success?

Joe

I'm sorry josf

but can you please remind me what our original conversation was about. I would like to pick it up where we left off. Thank you for your reply, it was excellent.

Thanks for your

comments and critiques. This treatise is a work in progress, and I refine it as more precise and eloquent language comes to me.

I'm signing off but I'll read

I'm signing off but I'll read it soon and tell you what I think. At glance, I like its headline. Way to be, AR.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

Thinking logically was a good read

Very basic, but I wonder how many people do not have not been exposed to this kind of information. Truly, I don't see it on TV and it wasn't taught in school as a class...so is it lost on the majority of my peers? I don't know.

Have you had a chance to read this post yet? I am interested in your opinion :)

Sections 1, 2 of AR's Bullet Points on Freedom

Thanks for the reminder, AR. I like what I've read so far. I agree with you on each point in sections one and two. I haven't read the rest. I'll get to it when I can, which I hope will be soon.

Because you asked for recommendations, I edited the first two sections. Here they are edited:

"SOME writers have so confounded society with government as to leave little or no distinction between them; [their operations not only are] different but [they] have different origins." -- Thomas Paine, source, date?

The value of the individual: irreplaceable, unique and sacred.
• Thought, inspiration and innovations come only to the individual.
• The individual is the only nexus(?) through which potential can be made real, through which immaterial is made material and unknown known.
• Unique in ability to receive, prioritize and process information.
• The individual is responsible for his actions because his will alone animates him.
• The individual is able to evaluate how his behavior will affect his interests better than anything outside him could.

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Society and its law: Do not initiate nonconsensual harm and defend against those who do initiate nonconsensual harm.
• Groups are composed of individuals in communication with one another, each of whom are building on someone's success or failure.
• Society is composed of individuals exchanging or combining resources to fulfill their desires.
• A voluntary society is where every exchange occurs on a voluntary basis, a basis to the will of the individuals exchanging.
• Behavior that does not directly and proximately harm is natural, therefore it is permissible. [I think "directly" and "proximately" are excessive or, worse, invite and validate behavior that indirectly harms. Maybe I don't understand their usefulness and purpose. Would you explain why you used them and their purposes? Because I'm unclear about them, I've left them in.]
• Behavior that directly and proximately harms is unnatural so it is forbidden and can be defended against.
• Moral use of nonconsensual harm is to defend against initiated nonconsensual harm.
• Once an individual is silenced, stolen from, injured or killed, the products from his exchanges including his charity are lost and a precedent is set for individuals to be harmed likewise.
• To ensure affairs free of interference, they must remain private, because affairs unaware of preclude interference.

Therefore, liberty is behavior void of initiatory nonconsensual harm (directly and proximately) and because of it is without interference.

I was considering substituting intervention for interference, but there's a difference between them, I detect. Here's my understanding of them. What's yours and what do you think about replacing the latter for the former?

Definitions of two terms:
1) interference: to interfere a process.

Diagrammed:
a process: A ----> B.
interference in it: A --> C --> B.

2) intervention: to interfere after a process. To visit afterward to make right. [But perhaps intervention can include interference's definition. What do you think?]

Diagrammed:
a process: A ----> B.
intervention in it: A ----> B, C so that A --> C --> B.

Again, could this term, intervention, include the definition of interference? Perhaps it can't. If not, interference is the right word to use.

Oh, yeah, Being Logical is a wonderful book. It's a great refresher because it contains logic's elements succinctly. A quick, practical guide to reach for in a pinch or to read and think about at night in bed awaiting sleep, lol.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

this is great.

Who else would read being logical for some bedtime reading:)

First, I love your edits. I will ponder and adapt them. They're really good.

About Direct and Proximate...the standard of direct and proximate was adopted by the courts many hundreds of years ago in order to determine who could be held responsible(in the daisy chain of causation)for an injury...harm.

That way, if I tripped a guy, who got a sprained ankle, who's secretary had to cover for him at work, who's child had to stay at home by himself, got drunk, went for a drive, and smashed into the side of a donut shop, the donut shop owner couldn't hold me responsible because my involvement was not directly and proximately responsible for his injury. (The example is crude)

Good catch on the difference between interfere and intervene. Yes, intervention could lead to interference...and I meant interfere. I think of privacy is a first line of defense in keeping unwanted influences out.

Did I miss any? Keep it coming :)

Hi, AR,I haven't forgotten

Hi, AR,

I haven't forgotten about this post of yours and what you've asked me to do, to edit it. I will some day, but I've been busy since we talked here previously. Perhaps I could do a sentence or small paragraph at a time, eh? That way, I won't feel I must get it all done at once. If you want me to do a little at a time, in your reply to this comment, would you type the sentence or paragraph you want me to work on? If you do, I'll work on it, which will be quick. We could work that way to the end of this project. Anyway. Thanks, AR. See you later. :o)

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

Great to hear from you again

I hope your busy was the good kind :)

More than anything, I wanted to discuss and refine any rough spots that might pop out at you.

Rough spots in the concepts and rough spots in the writing.

for some reason my writing gets stilted whenever I discuss these Ideas. I think its because there are so many nuances that have to be accounted for and I am working to be very precise.