The Golden Principle


Individually we all desire security, and in the absence of a state the only way to obtain any measure of that, is to jointly refrain from doing things that would adversely impact upon one another. We can only be truly free when everyone is equally free, thus anarchy is implicitly bound together by a common desire for social cohesion. This is neatly encapsulated in a tenet known as the Golden Principle. The particular wording of the Golden Principle is the most pertinent to anarchism is:

“Treat someone in accordance with that individual’s views on how others should be treated”

the Golden Principle cuts both ways…

This aspect of egalitarianism relates neither to equality of outcome nor equality of opportunity… but instead to equality of treatment. It necessitates being non-judgemental, respectful of one another, and levelling any social structures intended to uphold inequality.

the “circle E” symbolises order arising from equality (the ‘circle’ represents the letter “O”)

The Golden Principle is not synonymous with the NAP (Non-Aggression Principle), because it frames human relations in terms of respect rather than aggression. Moreover the Golden Principle is intended to work subjectively, and in doing so impels people to consult their conscience and assess how their actions will be perceived by others. This is crucial because it’s entirely possible to adversely impact on someone without overtly aggressing against them, and that’s very risky in a society where security is dependent on harmony rather than who has the biggest gang on their side.

dialogue with the conscience

This then begs the question as to why anyone who professes to desire a free society would then suggest a framework dependent on somehow upholding absenteeism and advocating non-aggression, rather than one predicated on mutual respect? The answer is that such people seek totality of freedom for themselves, as opposed to equality of freedom for everyone… and this includes the freedom to enslave others.

non-aggression maintains inequality

In a society where individual security is dependent on solidarity, absentee ownership is damn insecure thus rendering it non-viable. So called ‘anarcho-capitalists’ have essentially diverged from the pragmatic political theory of how to implement a free society (anarchism), into a fantastical laissez-faire ideology where everyone collectively undertakes never to overthrow their oppressors.

fuck that shit – pitchforks at dawn!

The bottom line is this: usury necessitates a state, not voluntary adherence to a principle. If someone aims to gouge a living from rentseeking, profitseeking, or moneylending then the last thing they should be considering is abolishing the monopoly on force that enables such behaviour. The taxes capitalists resent paying, primarily go towards maintaining coercive social structures that are conducive to their goals.

usury necessitates oppressive structures

Government might seen horribly wasteful, but there’s actually a method to its madness – it’s about conning the oppressed into paying for their own oppression under the illusion of democracy. If someone feels they’re being forced to pay for all this, then it’s because they’re a slave to capitalism, rather than a master of it.

the state exists to uphold rentseeking

There’s a clear choice, and it’s between seeking a free society, and seeking rent. Your call.

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