I've been thinking allot about human rights. I have strong reservations about having a bill of rights. It seems to me that rather than protecting the rights of the individual, they actually go a long way to taking them away.
Is it the right of government to dictate limits to a citizen? Are we not actually free in our natural state?Unless imprisoned, can we not do what ever we like, anyway?Are we really protected by "rights" that are being constantly bent and broken by both governments, lawyers, and circumstance?
Unless we are chattels of the state, as in a feudal system, then the state (or government) is a construct to serve the needs of a collection of individuals. It is the role of government to administer those things that it is impossible or difficult for the individual to carry out. Things such as roads, health, electricity etc. It is not the role of government to dictate behaviour.
This last point comes from the basis that we are all equal in our personal sovereignty. It is not my place to tell others what to do, and conversely it is not the not place of others to dictate behavior to me. Does this mean I advocate a free for all? Yes and no. We have to remember that whatever the action, or even inaction, there are consequences.
So if we expect this freedom and sovereignty for ourselves, we can do no less than grant it to others. Our actions must not knowingly harm others, as this would be a restriction of their freedom.
That's the gist of this thought. The ideal that we are all free and responsible for our own actions, and have to face life on it's own terms. Unfortunately, it would seem that we have a way to go to achieve this sort of society. We are beset with people who would inflict violence and other forms of compulsion upon others to achieve their goals, whether it be for financial gain, political power, sexual dominance, or just fear of the other. Our governments love to promote these destructive values as fear helps keep the population compliant. They do so whilst claiming "for the good of the people".
The sad thing about all this is that all these anti freedom impulses are caused by fear. I'll do a post about that eventually.
So how do we live together? What do we mostly do now? We cooperate. We care for one another. And in our individual views of the world we allow others to have their view with equal respect. And it makes sense that we look after the needs of those who for whatever reason can't do for themselves, for there will most probably come a time in our lives that misfortune or illness could reduce our ability to look after ourselves.
And Government? Scrap it. It's a hang over from monarchy when the powerful believed that god had given them the people as their private property.What we need is Administration. The provision of services that the populace require can be provided by public enterprise or private enterprise. If properly managed either would be OK. If PROPERLY MANAGED public enterprise can be very cost effective, no need for a profit margin to add to cost. That's all material for another post as well.
How would this improvement look? Who knows? Some features would be the welfare of everyone rather than wealth for the few. It would be sure to have better education and health services for all. There would be greater equity, though there would be no impediment to amassing wealth. And there would be no reason for the wealthy to hoard and savagely protect their privilege.
With the knowledge that they will be treated equally, perhaps people would be less inclined to prey on others and the crime rates would start to drop. It may sound a little Utopian, but we must keep focused on our innate personal sovereignty, and if we do so, maybe we can get to Utopia one day.