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The Law, by Bastiat
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"Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins.

"Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher."

--- Thomas Paine

Lesson 61 - Fundamentals of Morality Part V Print E-mail


In the previous lesson, we learned that the scientific method can indeed be applied in an area of human behavior.

We also learned that a pattern of universal human mental reaction to a property boundary violation is readily and consistently predictable, and thus qualifies as a moral principle or law.

We learned, by employing observation and deductive reasoning, that no human being will approve of his own victimization at the hands of another person, and that whenever any human being violates the property boundary of another, it is safe to predict that the owner will invariably and predictably disapprove of the violation and usurpation of his property boundaries, whether that property be himself, or something that he owns.

This provides us with an objectively determined case in which we can predict human mental reaction with reasonable accuracy and consistency.

A principle is a universal truth, that when applied in all cases remains the same, whether or not we acknowledge it or are aware of it.  In this case we have determined a moral principle.

From this we can now understand that the violation of another person's property boundary is in effect, the denial or disregard of a moral principle.



Fundamentals of Liberty