Sunday, February 20, 2005

Toward an Ideal Society

Much as economicists construct ideal models of economies from which to make baseline deductions toward real economies I feel it is necissary to make a model of an ideal society from which to make base deductions toward real societies.

Also, just as the economist must make assumptions to make ideal models work, so too must we make assumptions. The first assumption of course shall be what constitutes an ideal model in the first place. I feel this is probably the most reasonable assumption to make, using a razor of enlightened self-interest it is fair to say that an ideal society would be that which maximizes freedom and minimizes human suffering. This is a fair assumption to make because each individual would like the greatest amount of personal freedom and the least amount of suffering for themselves, thus it can be said that the perfect society would be that which allowed each and every individual maximum freedom and minimum suffering.

Now, toward that end we must make two further assumptions.

Number One, That every individual has full knowledge of the eventual consequences of all their actions. This is necissary to prevent externalities of unforseen consequences, and is fundamentally the same as the economicists assumption of fully informed producer and consumer.

Number Two, That the laws of this society immutable, inalienable, and invioable. That means that it is impossible to repeal or violate its laws.

This ideal society however, has only seven laws divided into two parts. The first three are liberatory prohibitions, or those prohibitions which are necissary for freedom to be maximized and suffering to be minimized. That is; they are freedoms from. The next four are axioms of autonomy, that is freedoms of or to.

The First Three Laws:

1.) Freedom from Oppression, Dominion, and Coersion.

2.) Freedom from Harm, Violence, and Injustice.

3.) Freedom from Privilege, Poverty, and Hunger.

The Next 4 Laws:

4.) Freedom of Voluntary Association and Assembly.

5.) Freedom of Thought, Speech, and Conscience.

6.) Freedom of Self-determination.

7.) Freedom of any action not in violation of any other Freedom.

Notes: In law 3, privilege is meant to mean much the same as "equality of opportunity", it also makes it a prohibition against racism, sexism etc. Law Seven can also be stated: "Freedom of any action not in violation of another's freedom."

This is the baseline model of an ideal society, by which all societies may be judged, and all may be compared to gauge their progress.

More to add later.

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