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Definition: Natural Law

Natural Law.  The One Law.  The Law of Cooperation.

Whereas: The benefits of cooperation multiply so vastly that no individual can survive long or easily without it.

NEGATIVA: non-provocation: non imposition of costs against property in toto: that which others have born costs to obtain an interest in without imposing costs upon that which others have born costs to obtain an interest in.

POSITIVA: reward: the requirement that we limit our actions that affect the property-in-toto of others to those that cause productive, fully informed, warrantied, voluntary transfer, limited to productive externalities.s.

Natural Law is strictly constructed from the prohibition on the imposition of costs that would cause retaliation and thereby increase the costs, uncertainty, risk, and decrease the incentive to cooperate, resulting in a decrease in the velocity of cooperation that creates prosperity in a division of perception, cognition, knowledge, labor, and advocacy.

The attempt to mature prehistoric european, Stoic, Roman, Germanic, and British empirical, judge discovered, common law of sovereign men, into a formal logic wherein all rights are reduced to property rights.

In other words, natural law, evolved from empirical common law, as the formal category(property), logic (construction), empiricism(from observation), and science (continuous improvement) of human cooperation.

In this view, ethics, morality, economics, law, politics constitute the science of cooperation: social science. Everything else is justification, advocacy, literature, and propaganda.

The Enlightenment Thinkers (AD 1600 – 2016)
(Bacon/English-German, Locke/British-German, Jefferson/Anglo-German, Hayek/Austrian-German, Rothbard/Jewish-Russian-German, Hoppe/German, Doolittle/Anglo-American.)


3 thoughts on “Definition: Natural Law

  1. Natural law is the one law? I believe eternal law is the one law.

    Aquinas tells us there are four categories of law: eternal, natural, human, and divine.

    Divine law comes from scripture. Being an anti-mystic, I assume you give no creedance to scripture, except for those parts that comport with natural law. But, from Aquinas’s perspective, scripture is that portion of eternal law revealed by God.

    Human law, properly codified and enforced, is derived from natural law. And, natural law is that portion of eternal law applicable to human behavior that we humans can derive by reason. Thus, both human law and natural law stem from eternal law.

    The weakness of natural law is that it takes human reason to discover it. However, history has taught us — eg, the French Revolution, Marxism — that reason unanchored by empiricism and morality is something that cannot reasonably be counted on to deliver truth. Science (empiricism) allows us to uncover small slices of eternal law, to grasp an inkling of God’s design, but can science allow us to uncover natural law in a meaningful and defensible way? By refining Aquinas’s “do good and avoid evil” with your “impose no costs” have you done that? I can think of no way to universally quantify “good” or “evil,” but “cost” implies the possibility of universal quantifiability, and, if so, that seems to be a basis for making natural law scientific — ie, if my behavior forces you to shell out pesos, then my behavior is unlawful.

    If my understanding is correct, then eternal law is the one law. As an anti-mystic you may reject the existence of a physical god, but you apparently accept the legitimacy of a mythical god. In science we seek truth but can never be certain we’ve found it. We have operating hypotheses, some well tested theories, and near certainties we regard as laws, but scientific truth is always subject to refinement should new data come to light. If natural law is to be regarded as science, then it, too, must acknowledge that human reasoning is flawed and subject to new data. Thus, both scientific and legal truth are embodied in eternal law, the one law, while science and natural law are the processes we use to try to uncover truth.


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