March 28, 2012
"Others" and "Any Form of Government, including Democracy"
Could There Be A Truly Human Society?
by James Howe
As originally posted on: A Veresapiens Blog
November 8, 2011
To live by the simple principle “Thou Shalt Not Steal” is what allows an individual Man to become truly wise, truly Human, a Veresapiens.
What, then, would a truly Human, Veresapiens society look like?
If the guiding principle shaping the society was TSNS, “Thou Shalt Not Steal”, what kind of government, legal, and social systems would the society have?
Before we begin to answer that question, we need to review one important aspect of TSNS. If you ‘own’ something, it means that you have total control over it. If someone takes away some or all of your control, then because they are taking away your ownership, they are stealing from you.
That means that if someone takes any control over your life, they are taking ownership of your life. Taking ownership without permission is stealing.
Veresapiens, then, would not make rules, or laws, to control others’ behavior. That would be stealing.
Veresapiens would make rules as to the acceptable use of their own property and the acceptable behavior of visitors on their property. And Veresapiens may defend their property from unacceptable aggression by others. None of those things would take away others’ full ownership of their own lives and property.
If a society based on TSNS would make no laws to control, mandate, or prohibit anyone’s actions, then it would have no need for a government. In fact, any form of government, including democracy, would be incompatible with a TSNS-based society.
For a whole society to live by ”Thou Shalt Not Steal” as a guiding principle requires a totally voluntaryist social structure – one with no government at all.
Is it possible to have a society with no government?