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From a discussion on a private mailing list today:
>> The focus here is being able to enforce ethics at every level of governance.
An excellent goal! But every system of government we can see around us today is, in my mind, incapable of achieving this goal, as they all depend on entirely unethical principles. In the West, these emerge from (or perhaps pre-exist and are given fig-leaf cover by) risible “social contract” theories which lead to such outrages as sovereign states (which incidentally, co-exist with other sovereign states in a condition of pure anarchy) claiming infants as property (“citizens”) the moment they are born on their territories or to their existing chattels and to such soul-crushing and perspective-limiting beliefs as “taxes are the price we pay for civilization,” “consent of the governed” and “my country, right or wrong.”
Every system of (let’s say nation-state) governance today rests on the power to tax, which in turn rests on an unlimited, unaccountable privilege of certain state actors, no matter how they become so invested, to murder; and on the power invested in those same actors to either compel performance (transitory slavery?) or compel non-performance of certain behaviors, again backed with the ultimate power to kill those who fail to comply. (Some of my reasoning on this: http://www.nostate.com/116/the-penalty-is-always-death/)
It’s strange to me that many find such privileges and unaccountable powers to be ethical. I don’t. I find it very alarming that a great many deny that those privileges and powers exist.