Friends, lately I have been thinking at length about what it is that I believe. What I believe to be right, what I believe to be wrong, and why it is that fundamentalists and Republican Libertarians annoy me so much.
So in this post I will be trying to explain my own moral philosophy, and explain why it is different from its close cousin Libertarianism, and why it is that I think Libertarianism has fallen off the rails.
I do love these Alignment pictures. But as much as I enjoy the D&D alignment system (I’m neutral good, thanks for asking) it doesn’t really equate to a philosophy. It explains how someone will act, but not why they will do so.
So here it is in brief, my moral philosophy:
Everyone should be allowed to do whatever they want, as long as they don’t hurt anyone else.
And that’s it. Problem solved.
Well, not quite. There are several problems with it as it stands, (my philosophy, not the ball creature) I will deal with some of these now.
Firstly, I need to define what “hurt” means. Luckily that is easy:
“Hurt” in this context, means to rob someone of their fundamental human rights.
Don’t know what a fundamental human right is? Look it up.
Safety, choice, free expression, freedom of religion, freedom from religion, the freedom to vote, the freedom to not vote, freedom from drugs, freedom to take drugs and so on.
And when does this freedom become too much? When there is a provable, causal link between a certain act and the violation of another person’s human rights.
Here are some examples of what I mean:
Even though prostitution is traditionally linked to organised crime that link only exists because prostitution is illegal. The act itself doesn’t hurt anyone. If you legalise it the problem goes away.
2. Speed Limits.
As far as I am aware there is a distinct causal link between people driving too fast and accidents that harm other people. If someone wants to drive badly and kill themselves then that is their decision, and perfectly moral. When they endanger someone else their behaviour becomes immoral, and must be controlled.
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