And Justice For All
Posted by Orrin Woodward on September 12, 2013
I am continuing to write away on my new book describing man, society, and government’s true responsibilities in the quest for concord and justice for all. What a fascinating study this has been for me. I know, I am strange, but I love seeking for answers as to why all society’s seem to leave concord and die in either chaos or coercion. I am so pumped, because I truly believe I have discovered the key to the answer. In fact, I cannot find any historical case-study that doesn’t display the predictable effects of the Six Duties of Society and the Five Laws of Decline. LIFE Leadership will get the inside exclusive on this book as I intend to publish this under Obstacle’s Press. Here is another segment on society, justice, and injustice.
At any rate, the State of Nature for man is similar to the status of sovereign-nations in the world. For each nation must rely upon its own resources to protect its right to life, liberty, and property from potential aggressor nations. Likewise, man, in the State of Nature, must rely upon his own resources to protect his inalienable rights from potential aggressor neighbors. In both instances, with no higher authority to help adjudicate the dispute peacefully, the conflict must either be settled by peaceful negotiation or through violent force. Unfortunately, just as the history books are filled with unjust wars among nations, as man entered society, the right and responsibility for each person to protect his life, liberty, and property became unjust and unwieldy. Consequently, society, in an effort to systematically ensure justice, created a government to defend each of the members life, liberty, and property in a systematic fashion. Now, instead of each member having the dual responsibilities of both production and protection, could specialize further on his production, because the government was now delegated the responsibility of protection. Government, accordingly, was society’s solution to the increasing division of labor through assigning all force-functions within society to a government in the narrow sphere of the protection of each members life, liberty, and property. In short, society delegated to government the force necessary to protect its members inalienable rights to ensure justice for all.
The historical record, not surprisingly, reveals that society seems to flourish under liberty and justice while floundering under oppression and injustice. For when injustice within society is not immediately punished, it opens the door for more injustice and the concurrent loss of liberty. Indeed, there are three main avenues for injustice within society. The first is when society’s members oppress one another. For man seeks the satisfaction of his wants with the least amount of effort, and since plunder is easier than production, without government force to check aggression, the strong will predictably plunder the weak, leading to an unjust society. The second type of injustice occurs when the government exceeds its delegated boundaries and uses force where freedom is the norm. Government, in other words, is delegated a limited force in a limited sphere to protect man’s inalienable rights by coercing exploiters to cease from unjust actions and return to just methods of production. However, when government force is used beyond this limited sphere, it begins coercing members in areas where liberty and freedom should reign; thus, violating its reason for existence. The third form of injustice in when an external foe attacks and defeats another society. The victors create an unjust state to systematically plunder the production of its defeated victim.
Each of these three injustices are met by society’s members in a predictable pattern. For mankind fights injustice and when the force is too great to fight physically, he will resist mentally. In other words, when injustice abounds within a society, repeatedly violating the people’s inalienable rights, they simply reduce their productive efforts accordingly. Why, for example, should a person work hard to increase his wealth if it will just be taken from him anyway? In effect, when injustice becomes large enough to deny the society’s members the right to their life, liberty, and property, the oppressed members will produce just enough to sustain life. An unjust society, however, that produces just enough for man to live at subsistence levels, will soon collapse under its own oppressive weight. Interestingly, the historical record, in contrast to Locke’s theory, indicates that most states were founded upon military aggression, oppression, and injustice, rather than the people’s will. For when a productive society is weaker than one of its surrounding neighbors, the hostile invader seeks to reap what it hasn’t sown. Of course, the subsequent state, created to rule the society, is formed by the victors to systematically plunder the production of its defeated rival. Not surprisingly, though, the unjust society displays little productive capacity beyond the satisfaction of its members hunger. Society simply doesn’t flourish under injustice.