Most people know that trying to own and control other people isn't Love. Politics is no different. Free will is sacred. Liberty is political Love.
This 1.5” duo-tone pendant in silver and gold represents Universal Individual Liberty, both -positive and -negative. One value, two principles.
One side is for negative Liberty. It has the human body and personal space with “- LIBERTY -” in six languages. The other side is for positive Liberty. It has the earth with “+ LIBERTY +” in six languages.
The pendant has a cross pattern on the edge of both sides and along the edge, the words “LOVE OTHERS AS YOURSELF AND THE TRUTH WILL LIBERATE YOU” are engraved to refer to the Judeo-Christian roots of Liberty. You see, if you truly Love others as yourself you can't justify some ruling over others. Liberty is the only true foundation for equality as everything else is some ruling over others. Everything except universal full Liberty is different kinds and levels of tyranny.
The pendant is minted with a 3D mold and comes with a key chain.
Free individuals can be most beneficial to society, but no individual with a conscience is fully free when fellow human beings live in fear, lack, and ignorance.
Negative Liberty - life minus other's coercion
“Negative liberty is freedom from interference by other people. Negative liberty is primarily concerned with freedom from external restraint and contrasts with positive liberty (the possession of the power and resources to fulfill one's own potential).”
The side with the human body and personal space, with “- Liberty -” around it, represents Negative Liberty. It simply says “My life, my body, my choice. Your life, your body, your choice. Live as you want as long as you don’t infringe on other’s rights to the same. Live and let live.”
This right ought to be limited only by the rights of others – other people, animals and to some extent nature. If we only have laws against behavior with victims we might be able to deal with the actual crime.
Key concepts: Non-aggression Principle (NAP), Voluntarism, Self-ownership, Personal Sovereignty
Positive Liberty - life plus necessary resources
“Positive liberty is the possession of the capacity to act upon one's free will, as opposed to negative liberty, which is freedom from external restraint on one's actions. A concept of positive liberty may also include freedom from internal constraints."
The side with our planet Earth, with “+ Liberty +” around it, represents Positive Liberty. It simply says “Everyone has the right to resources for a free life – both financial and informational.”
Key concepts: Self-sufficiency, Independence, Economic democracy, Education, Universal Basic Income, Guaranteed Health Care, Consumer Rights, Freedom of Information
Think of it like this - what should laws and government look like if Jesus' lifestyle would be fully respected for everyone? I would at least dare to claim he as a citizen assumed travel within the nation and roaming, criticizing "authorities" and speaking uncomfortable truths to the public, winemaking, and food production and distribution, unconventional sick care, and also basic privacy from worldly authorities. What he used this space of freedom and agency for - paradise and not mammon logic, free universal education, free sick care (to some extent with hemp and other plants?), providing food and drink.
I suggest a Universal Basic Income that eliminates poverty. This could be partially implemented through the creation of new money with a negative interest rate or even as debt-free money.
This money doesn't disappear and cause us to run out of money. The money is more like a circulatory system that should optimally flow through all individuals in adequate amounts as a first priority. It's like a monthly pulse that stimulates the economy democratically. When it's put into people's hands it enters the economy to a very large degree, causing productive activity and easing the debt burden. Much of it finds it's way to wealthier people's pockets and some of it can soon circulate again.
Look at it like this as well:
- The poor and hand to mouth masses (Well over half of the population in developed nations) are an underutilized customer base and more customers means more business.
- We can also avoid the disincentive to work we have in the current welfare systems as all wages are on top of the UBI and don't affect it.
- Minimized bureaucracy and the framework for limited government.
- People get an IQ rise of around 13 points when lifted out of poverty. So we're looking at an untapped huge mass of wellbeing and goodwill, creativity and innovation. The war on drugs also has a multi-faceted hampering effect on many people's potential.
- It means a massively bigger pool to crowdfund from.
- The proclivity for this and other character problems is also exacerbated by financial mass desperation. Empathy can be too heavy a burden for many in these times.
- We will also be moving from obligatory manual and mental labor to automated abundance in the next decades. Just like engines replaced the need for literal horsepower, so will automation be able to do the fine motoric- and mental labor. Now is the time to start separating adequate income from semi-forced labor and make non-poverty a human right.
The biggest and most essential class difference is between those who live in financial poverty and the rest. It's a shame we squander human potential with a money system that's been known to have this effect since ancient times. Fix the usury money system through debt easing money creation and make the market work for everyone. The money is an organizing information tool and everyone has the right to access basics and then some from our common market place. Lift the bottom from 0 to the poverty line (~1300 per month in the USA and EU) and ease the rise to maximum happiness income (~6000 per month) by funding it with progressive taxation. Making it opt-out is also wise.
Well over 90% would see an increase in purchasing power with an adequate UBI. If prices are raised to gauge this UBI the poverty line would increase and the UBI too to reflect that, which means more tax on those earning over maximum happiness income, perhaps on large wealth too, to balance inflation. So it wouldn't be in the interest of the big owners to raise prices.
If you need more justification for adequate resources for everyone I would have you consider the concept of ownership of land and natural resources. It's to a large extent not really real, but something we agree upon (formerly through war) even though it also in some real sense belongs to no one and everyone (See Georgism). Also consider the massive amounts of private profit made from the public investment - university research, military, etc. - plus public bank bailouts and austerity during recent years. It's time to upgrade the system.
I suggest this UBI be paid to every person from birth and be enough to cover basics, including kindergarten and school on the free market.
Beyond guaranteed financial independence through a UBI positive Liberty means:
- Guaranteed sick care. In sick care, I'd include everything extremely expensive and necessary to remedy ailments - tests, surgery, medication.
- Strong consumer rights. Product labeling and the right to know how products are manufactured. This should include all 600+ additives in common cigarettes, GMOs, conditions for animals on farms, and why not synthetic agro-chemicals instead of organic labels just to name a few things. We aren't really able to make free choices with faulty or lacking information.
- Strong transparency. Right to public information and personal big AI data.
P.S. America was founded upon (Christian) enlightenment values of strong negative Liberty, loads of hemp and opposition to usury. While it mostly included wealthy European American males at the time they got many basics of life and government right. Since then more and more demographics have been included, but at the same time we've slipped from many basics and the personal sphere has been severely compromised by big govs, coms, and orgs in the information age. Now is the time to make Liberty great again. Once we implement basic Liberty we will experience psychosocial mass healing.
P.S.2 The 17th-century Ethiopian philosopher Zera Yacob proved enlightenment values are the fruit of Christian culture.
This is how I figure the logical conclusions of the aforementioned principles pan out in different areas and subjects. One can fully embrace the symbols and principles without agreeing with every conclusion I've come to.
Freedom of speech - Jesus was ultimately crucified for offensive speech according to the religious/scientific/political authorities of the time. So in this obvious way freedom of speech is a central Christian value.
We should hold fast to the American view on absolutely free speech, with criminal exceptions for credible threats, call to violence, defamation, etc. If some social media platforms want to push forward with the concept of "hate speech" we should make sure it's applied universally. Think about how the cultural zeitgeist relates to Islam/Muhammed compared to Christianity/Jesus, communism compared to claims of fascism, women compared to men, "people of color" compared to white people and so on.
And if we're going after hate speech for possibly leading to real-world violence I'd like to point to the common tactic of labeling people racist, sexist, islamophobes, etc. Doing it completely frivolously should definitely be considered defamatory. It's a real extremely negative claim with an objective definition about a person. That can also arguably have real-world violent consequences, especially as it comes with the incitement to "bash the fash".
May I remind you the people in charge of these modern book burnings, that these digital manipulations, de-platformings and de-personings are, have an ideological lens so thick, distorted and smudged they actually think religious Jews are nazis.
I suggest people labeling everyone nazis and fascists take into consideration that WW2 was not merely the authoritarian, forced collectivist, leftist infight of communists vs fascists. Many being labeled nazis and fascists today, egged on by crypto-communists, in fact, represent more of the free world values of the UK and the USA.
I also suggest we go for an individual subjective filtering/censoring AI for messages and other's postings instead of policing the whole platform harassing contributors, extremely inconsistently and slanted at that. See 4 paragraphs up and 7. The big social media platforms (very specifical ideological lense publishers) really need to get their narrative straight when it comes to (American style) free speech. Have countries disagreeing with your real free (and equal) speech make their own censorship algoritms and demand their citizens use it.
Freedom of assembly and association - Your body, your life. You can obviously associate and gather with whom you choose.
Freedom of religion - Practice and preach as long as other's rights are not violated.
Freedom of the press (see Freedom of Speech) - Obvious extension of negative Liberty and Freedom of speech.
Free market - Self-evident extension of negative Liberty. Should be limited by other people's rights, animal rights and in some extent nature's rights. Regulation and bureaucracy in order to take into account all rights involved, especially customer's as to assure an informed and voluntary exchange.
Bureaucracy - Bureaucracy is a compromise of negative Liberty, a hassle, and should be considered in this light ie. should be streamlined, minimized and not cause unnecessary restriction. Paperwork is largely based on other's right to know.
Right to bear arms - The right to self-defense is a natural right and legal arms are an effective way to keep would-be tyrants and intruders at bay. Legal carry is also the most effective way to interrupt mass shootings and -stabbings. The big problems with guns are actually caused by the drug war, fatherlessness, media culture, the crime increasing "corrections" system, psychopharmaca and psychosocial health problems in general (strongly associated with lack of Liberty). I also want to mention the effect of telling boys and young men who are on the bottom of the social hierarchy that they are too powerful and privileged and to blame for everything wrong with the world.
Right to use Drugs (right to nature and biochemical freedom) - Your body, your mind. Use as you see fit as long as you don't harm or endanger others. How about we grandfather in plants and mushrooms and regulate a market and culture around substances wisely. Even if decriminalization is a huge step in the right direction I suggest legalizing the whole supply chain. More dangerous drugs could be prescribed by specialized doctors.
The most abused and harmful drug ever is power over other people. It's abused constantly and is extremely deadly. Actually what we usually think of as drug abuse is to large extent escapism from a world riddled with abuse of power increased by the war on drugs.
While fear, anxiety and even psychosis might be effects of cannabis and psychedelics for some keep in mind it's about set and setting, and the setting for an expanded mind is society and even the world and the set has already been heavily influenced by this society. Who can truly claim terror isn't a natural consequence of reality in this world? It doesn't take much to improve society by leaps and bounds. If we truly want to heal we need to quit our trauma-causing ways cold turkey.
Health freedom - The sick care system has been under the monopoly of the synthetic chemical pharma industry while the health care system has been suppressed. Certainly, the biochemical level is one way to influence health and illnesses, and no doubt there are some gems to be found in the synthetic chemical field. So, of course, allopathic medicine has its place, but its influence has been largely expanded through the war on lifestyle/wellness therapies - clean quality food, diets, fasting, supplements, exercise, silence-prayer-meditation-yoga, nature, massages, and other relaxing services, and various other at least safeish and possibly effective therapies, and natural medicines - especially, cannabis and cannabinoid extracts, and psychedelics and entheogens, ibogaine and kratom for the opioid crisis, etc. All this should be sanctioned and explored.
That being said vaccines are a tricky issue. Forced vaccination is obviously not in accordance with self-ownership, NAP liberty, but at some point, if a disease is sufficiently transmissible and dangerous and a vaccine is provably safe and effective... Well, it can be a tricky issue in that specific circumstance. COVID-19 doesn't even come close.
When it comes to essential vaccines being taken by adequate amounts of people I think a lot should be done through thorough studies and obvious honesty concerning ingredients, risks, benefits, and all other product information. I mean long term comparison studies on a broad range of health issues. Also more subtle psychosocial effects (see Bertrand Russell warning quote).
Suffering the disease to gain immunity could also be an alternative. In any case, we should always be wary of "health authorities" that scoff at health through diet and lifestyle and have criminally low nutrient recommendations, but are more than eager to force people to take products of the syntetic chemical industry they are lapdogs of. Demanding politicians and other powerful people take the same vaccinations first might be a good way to safeguard this isn't used too lightly or for para-political social control schemes. Many are also eager to make vaccines a racket and really want coerced regular vaccination.
"Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible. Even if all are miserable, all will believe themselves happy, because the government will tell them that they are so."
- Bertrand Russell: “The Impact of Science on Society”, p.45, Routledge
Sex work - Your body, your life, your choice. Regulation to respect the public and keep it Liberty minded and not coerced, safe and not reckless. We should mitigate economic pressure through debt decreasing UBI and ending the war on drugs. An accessible, diverse and effective therapy culture also helps people heal from trauma-based unhealthy behavior.
Surrogacy - Your uterus, your life, your choice.
Porn - We should look into ways of being more responsible guardians of the children while respecting the rights of adults. The same goes for all the fear- and murder porn in the news and media in general. Think about the prevalence of open TVs and radios and the age children start to learn reading and the height of newsstands and access to internet touch screens. We live in pretty splendid peace times, why are we allowing the pervasive fear, panic, dividing media culture for the children?
Seems the optimal way to implement age restriction for online porn would be a time restricted code porn pass (weeks, months), that could be bought from places that sell alcohol and tobacco products. This way there would be an age check without a state or corporate database tying porn to person. Price of the pass should be just what it costs to finance the program.
Gambling - Your money, your right to gamble. A provider's funds are not merely an individual issue. That should be a consideration for people with gambling problems. People with issues should be able to hand over autonomous decision making for agreed times. The same ought to be good for people with substance abuse problems also. Luckily these policies lessen the strain on the people, society and the system so much that resources for treatment alternatives won't be a problem.
Euthanasia - Your body, your life, your choice. Although we should mitigate economic pressure and utilize all good medicine - cannabis, psychedelics, etc.
Same-sex marriage - As this law is completely universal and gender-neutral it also opens up for the right to marry regardless of sex. Although it is up to any church/mosque/synagogue etc. to choose if they want to respect the union. At the very least we ought to extend strong legal rights to same-sex couples.
Privacy - Possibility to spy on someone creates the potential for a huge power imbalance and ought not to be taken lightly. Breach of privacy is an infringement of personal space and should not be permitted without a well-established reason on an individual basis. Cash is also important for privacy and liberty in general as electronic money would allow some to completely control other's money.
Abortion - Abortion is not an acceptable final solution. This is strangely the issue that is mostly argued for with "my body, my choice", but the argument doesn't apply as pregnancy is one body growing inside another body. Other circumstances where others are unfairly affected are the operating of heavy machinery and conjoined twins. That being said a fertilized egg is not a grown human being and a ban from conception might not be wise. Safe, legal, ever rarer and earlier. It's not an unproblematic solution. We should seek to phase out the choice of abortion within the next decades through universally accessible technical solutions, a culture of responsibility, education, economics, adoption and of course a much-improved society and system for having children. If we tolerate early or extremely well-founded abortion in some capacity and try to decrease the amount and even end abortion through the means I mentioned we can't help but do a lot of good.
Gray Zone Issues:
Seat belts - They don't hinder anything essential when it comes to operating a vehicle. It can to some extent be justified with the rights of other drivers to not have you be a projectile in case of a crash and the lessening of injuries can even be seen as a right of health care professionals. The latter is a slippery slope, but as it doesn't restrict the essential liberty of operating the vehicle it's just a common-sense regulation.
It’s strange how people use the word “capitalism”. It’s used as both private ownership/free-market/market liberalism/voluntary exchange and as usury. One is an obvious right as an extension of negative Liberty to do, make and associate with whom you like in the manner you (the involved parties) see fit. Usury, on the other hand, is an age-old and frowned upon money/accounting/banking trick with a certain function and dynamic with psychosocial consequences. Making an honest profit on a good investment is not a problem. Charging profit on the money created is a huge problem though as it means more debt than money which is a negative-sum game. The money creation mechanism is central to how society works and ultimately how we experience life and usury is the ultimate "power from the people" - Ponzi scheme.
This is an intervention. We need to talk about usury. Usury is per definition controlled insolvency with delay. With money created as loans (debt + interest), the money system has inbuilt scarcity at its core. We always need more money to pay old debts, but all new money means even more new debt. It works like addiction or cancer. Like the war on drugs creating more drug problems, the war on terror increasing terrorism, allopathic medicines tend to increase the need for medicines, the prison system exacerbates criminal behavior and so on. It boosts what ails us - greed, lust, and the rest of it. So we're trapped in behavior that just makes the situation worse. Damned if we do and damned if we don't. Humanity is put into a double bind situation with increasingly detrimental psychosocial effects. According to this usury system, masses would live with the scarcity of money even when there is obvious potential for abundance for everyone.
As long as there are new peoples, as during colonialism, and rapid population growth, as during the 20th century, and huge demographics entering the workforce, as with women during the late 20th century, the illusion of a reasonable economy can be maintained in the early nations. Those days are gone and the debt problem is knocking on our door. Austerity and mass immigration is one desperate way to try to mend the problem. Left to its own devices this mammon system means the moneyed class in this game of chairs gains more and more control over assets of people and governments burdened with the debt. The usury system can not distribute money and debt in a way as to fulfill everyone's need and potential even when we've technologically far exceeded the potential for material utopia. It keeps masses of people in the financial prison that poverty is. It's basically an accounting trick that inevitably upholds and increasingly leads to financial fascism.
"Originally, usury meant the charging of interest of any kind and, in some Christian societies and even today in many Islamic societies, charging any interest at all was considered usury. During the Sutra period in India (7th to 2nd centuries BC) there were laws prohibiting the highest castes from practicing usury. Similar condemnations are found in religious texts from Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (the term is riba in Arabic and ribbit in Hebrew). At times, many nations from ancient Greece to ancient Rome have outlawed loans with any interest. Though the Roman Empire eventually allowed loans with carefully restricted interest rates, the Catholic Church in medieval Europe banned the charging of interest at any rate (as well as charging a fee for the use of money, such as at a bureau de change). Religious prohibitions on usury are predicated upon the belief that charging interest on a loan is a sin."
Let that sink in. Even the highest cast in ancient India wasn't allowed to perpetrate usury on lower classes and this is the system we have pretty much all over today. Usury was universally frowned upon for a very good reason. Usury is a social control system and Ponzi scheme more than a sound economic system. Some have described it as a vampire system, a kind of covert slavery.
Problems to be fixed: Mass poverty, increasing debt and concentration of power.