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Why An Ideal Society Would be Based on Consent | The Daily Bell

Posted by M. C. on September 16, 2018

What is described here is a form of Panarchism. Search panarchism/michael Rozeff.

It is a good idea but it would require an overhaul of society. Unlikely, too many sheeple.

by Joe Jarvis

Quora is a social media website where people ask and answer all sorts of questions.

I started to write a response to a seemingly simple six-word question. But every point I wanted to make required an in-depth explanation. Since the theme fits, I decided to share my article-length response here.


What is An Ideal Society Like?


Consent is the secret to an ideal society.

All societies and all groups should be made up exclusively of consenting members. That means each individual member chooses to join and is free to leave.

Consent means respecting each individual’s right to say no. No one can do anything to your body without your permission.

On this one foundational principle, the most peaceful, prosperous, fair, and free society humanly possible would flourish.

There is only one law needed in this society:

Every individual person has the right to exclusive control over what they do with their body, and what happens to it. Therefore, each person must acquire consent before taking any action that would violate this right of others.

Cleary this outlaws slavery, murder, rape, and assault.

But it does not rule out self-defense. Since anyone who is attacking you is violating your body, you are free to respond by protecting your autonomy. You are free to defend your right to give or withhold consent.

But this would also rule out theft, fraud, and destruction of property…

Not everyone in a society has to agree…

A society based on individual consent could peacefully incorporate multiple distinct societies.

People could come and go between societies as they please, as long as they follow the rules of whatever society they are voluntarily entering.

One society might decide that littering on someone’s law is a serious violation, while another society may consider it quite minor.

But those rules themselves could also not violate consent. “Society” could not violate your right to self-ownership based merely on a majority vote, or “the greater good.”

You don’t have to agree with all the rules of a society. You could voluntarily agree to abide by certain rules if you decide the benefits you get from that society outweigh the negatives.

No one could force you to join a particular society either. But neither could you force a particular society to accept you.

But remember, your right to property means you can always carve out your own personal sanctuary, with your own rules. You can form a society of one if you wish.

A society doesn’t have to be clustered in one location.

Such a society would not have to be geographically based.

Imagine a remote piece of land in the wilderness, where just a couple lives with their dogs. There is no one else around with whom to form a society.

Maybe they like it this way. Or maybe they join an online society instead.

They may be motivated to join a distributed society based on mutual aid. For instance, they may pay dues to a society, and in return, have a safety net if anything ever went wrong.

You could compare this to voluntary taxes, or an insurance company.

You could choose your society based on what kind of benefits you want from a society.

Sometimes these benefits will be based on geographic location, and sometimes they will not.

A society based on consent is ideal because:

  1. It is prosperous. You are free to keep the products of your labor. You may not steal what someone else has produced. This provides an incentive to produce, and trade the excess, enriching all of society.
  2. It is peaceful. You are free to defend yourself from any aggressors. This makes a peaceful society because everyone understands the consequences of victimizing others.
  3. It is fair. You cannot have your property taken without your consent. You cannot be forced to labor for another without your agreement.
  4. There is no coercion. You are free to associate or disassociate with whomever you wish. No one can force you to participate in something you find objectionable. No one can prevent you from participating in anything that doesn’t hurt others.
  5. You are free. Without a victim, there is no crime. If what you do isn’t hurting anyone, no one can stop you from doing it. The ultimate freedom of expression.

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