To distinguish between two substances or two attributes, one needs to find the limits where one ends and the other begins. In regards of political distinctions Locke, Rousseau, Hobbes et al. attempted this boundary detection by envisioning the human condition prior to the rise of a state (or compared a stateless society to a state). This initial condition of man prior to the rise of a state we refer to as Man in Nature. Below, we’ll explore Man in Nature to test Natural Law based on property-in-toto versus Natural Law based on agency and see what insights spin out of these concept stacks. Continue reading
Category: Sheepdog Nomocracy
A code smell, in programming, refers to a surface level bug which indicates a much bigger problem which resides much deeper in the code. For example, a code bug which causes a form to not submit to a database may result from a typo in the form (surface level problem) which has little impact on the project. OR it could be could result from using a wrong datatype for the index in the database table that the form submits too… and this error affects other tables, which affects other forms. In other words the, the failed form “smells” of a deeper, design level issue.
Certain segments of propertarianism which trend toward classism, and “right to rule” sentiments might present a “code smell” regarding the concept stack, meaning it might be a result of a deeper error than what can be seen on the surface.
I think the error stems from seeing property opposed to autonomy as the foundation for natural law.
Note: everything in propertarianism can still be correct in all forms, but an error such as the inversion of autonomy and property would result in propertarianism replicating some of the same errors of past civilizational systems.
I propose that autonomy, unimposed agency, which only exists on the individual level, presents a solution.
To attempt to illuminate the above thesis, we first need some definitions.