The only essential personal code of conduct to have a free societySubmitted by Ron Johnson on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 05:25
"I have no claim on you."
That's it. That's the one indispensible code that no free society can survive without. It is the underpinning of property rights, free markets, and civil liberties. Any society that does not have this one creed embedded in its bones will not, cannot, be free.
Fascism, Socialism, Communism, and any other 'ism that has been constructed by idealists throughout the ages includes sanctioned stealing and slavery. Their societies are populated by people who regard other's lives and property as their own. Covetousness is the unstated policy of every individual that makes up that society.
That is where we are today in America. The accepted mindset is: I deserve what other people have because I need it and want it. This is true of businessmen, college students, city councils, the elderly, and the young. Developemnt subsidies, guaranteed loans, welfare, taxes, and free education are nothing more than officially sanctioned covetousness.
The moral code of 'what's mine is mine and what's your's is mine' is not imposed from above. No, it is adopted at the individual level, and percolates up into government policy. Once there, it is self-reinforcing and ultimately devolves into a tyranny that even the corrupted individuals come to recognize as oppressive.
The good news is that there is a way to break this cycle: Refuse to take part. "I have no claim on you" means doing everything, everything in your power to never demand or take stolen money. To never demand the use of someone's life. It is the only way.
The moral code of this country is corrupted. It cannot be restored with an election. Elections are symptoms...we elect good people if we have the moral character to recognize them...but the cause of a good and free society is the refusal to impose an injustice on others, as individuals, regardless of the consequences to oneself.