Ideals of Freedom (Revised)
It is necessary, in a truly equal society, for every member to have the same set of rights. These rights should allow a member to function with complete freedom, unless this member acts in such a way as to hinder another member’s freedom. To truly define these ideals, one must analyze the basic rights of a society external to any system of governance. There is an inescapable problem with this approach, however. Laws have a point of equilibrium. If the laws are too strict then they oppress the people, but if the laws are not strict enough then the people are capable of oppressing each other.
A point where the laws and people are equally incapable of oppression is impossible to meet in an individualistic society. But, because one would be forced to choose between the two, the obvious choice is to allow the people to hurt to each other. If the laws are oppressive, then the people will revolt and change them to a system which allows for them to opress themselves. This is because when a person is hurt, they require a target for a contrived idea of ‘justice’. If this target is subject to the system of law, then the law exacts this justice. But if the target of the person's revenge is the law, then the law must be changed so that it can no longer hinder ‘justice’. This most definitely resolves in a situation of conflict between the supporters and the non-supporters of the law. This is
Thus there are several main ideas in a system of law that allow for the above constraints. The law must guarantee each person under it the right to life, economic security, and happiness. These three things allow one to live an interactive life while not intervening into any other person’s rights. However, if one does infringe the rights of another, it is necessary that a court of the people strips the individual of their rights, as well as decides the length and severity of punishment. These punishments could be in the form of economic damage, public humility, or community service. A system of community service may be instituted by forcing the infidel to work extra hours to the benefit of the society, without compensation. When the assigned punishment is fulfilled, the infidel will be returned their rights in full and declared repented.
Life is one of the aforementioned basic rights because without it, there is obviously not much of a point to such a system. Without life, not only would all of ones other rights be useless, but one couldn’t even fight to regain them. Also, productivity to society would be damaged. The only possible rebuttal to this violation is permanent slavery and immediate seizure of all material possessions of the violating member. This allows one to repent by fulfilling not only their daily workload, but also a portion of the workload of the victim on a time period determined by the victim’s age. Without any spare time, there is no need for directly owned material possessions. A repeat offense of this right will result in the immediate slaughter of the offender.
The right to economic security is the basic idea that one is free to do what he wishes with any earnings without another party making profit from him. All business entities are treated as members under a synonymous system, and as a result, there will be enough net growth in economy for everyone to fulfill their needs, and receive an equal share of profit. This basic right prevents theft, overcharging, and all other forms of extortion. Because this society is possession driven, all of the offenders of this right will simply be forced to compensate for the damage done, and work for the time taken to acquire the value of the stolen merchandise. The service hours worked by the offender will be subtracted from the victims weekly hours.
The right to happiness is the most insignificant of the three basic rights because it is possible to remove and reinstate rather quickly. However, if one infringes on another’s right to happiness for a prolonged amount of time, then the offender may be brought to a court where the plaintiff demands replacement for the lost time, or even that the offending member take some of his required work hours. Happiness is a very important right because it ensures that one’s life is not wasted dwelling on the past and is instead enjoyed reaping the benefits of the day and planning for the future.
A government following the concept of these basic rights cannot fail when practicing both isolationism and mercantilism, because it will not be affected by other governments that do not stress the same ideals. The rights to 'life', happiness, and economic security ensure that anyone who is taken advantage of will be compensated or avenged with maximum efficiency and ruthless accuracy, but only if one enforces it. Any system of law requires a ‘police’. However, without the backing of the people, the 'police' becomes a tyranny and will inevitably be overthrown. If, in a society, equality does not prevail in all cases, then that society is destined to end from its conception.