This is Essay Fifteen in the series Lighten the Load, a back-to-basics re-think of government. What should a government be and do? What should it definitely NOT be and do? Is it even necessary at all? If so, how much and why? How do we decide, against what criteria?
by Steve Cook
As a general rule, morés and customs hold good in their support of survival activities and their proscription of non-survival activities – and most sensible laws back up and reinforce those codes.
Resistance to re-establishing many of the decencies of conduct that have been dropped comes from men of ill-will towards their fellows, who seek license for various counter-survival activities provided by abandonment of survival codes.
There are often persons or groups who seek to persuade us that morés are outmoded, old-fashioned or counter-productive. We should look extremely closely at anyone who proposes the abandonment of, or in some way seeks to diminish the perceived value of, our mores and customs.
Very often he is simply seeking license to pursue counter-survival activities and it would greatly assist him to do so if those activities were no longer perceived as wrong or forbidden by law.
Criminal persons or groups will often try to amend survival codes and laws in their own favour but to everyone else’s harm.
If they succeed, those amendments become suppressive precepts and laws.
Next in this series: Criminals
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