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    Trey Goff: A Constitution for a Free Society

    I haven't finished listening but it's pretty interesting so far.



    Our guest Trey Goff drafted a remarkable "Voluntaryist Constitution" (https://mises.org/Goff-VC) designed to serve as the foundational legal document for a private society. Trey attempts nothing less than to define the characteristics and rules underlying a common law society, in the form of a polycentric constitutional order as envisioned by Murray Rothbard and legal scholar Randy Barnett. His goal was to create a blueprint for libertarians organizing startup or breakaway societies, one that deals with private property, rights, contracts, justice, and coercion in a rational and humane manner. The result is an inspiring and controversial document, as discussed in this great interview.

    The Voluntaryist Constitution

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    The Voluntaryist Constitution

    Preamble

    This Constitution is hereby ordained as the preeminent contract outlining the fundamental legal principles and foundational legal framework of a truly free society. This document is meant to ensure that the right to property, being the most powerful of all encouragements to the multiplication of wealth, shall absolutely not be abridged, and further, that the right to self-ownership, being inherent in the existence of human, shall likewise be respected. This document further aims to ensure the creation of a peaceful and harmonious society predicated on voluntary cooperation such that the tranquility, prosperity, and happiness of all can be ensured. This Constitution is only applicable to those who have explicitly, voluntarily, and of their own free will and accord signed it, as well as their children, guests, and visitors. This is a free society where coercion is absolutely prohibited, meaning that no individual, group of individuals, and no entity including any state, government, organization or group of people in general, under any circumstances whatsoever may exercise or invoke any rights other than common property rights specifically stipulated herein.

    All terms used in this Constitution, including the Preamble, have the sense and meaning given to them in Article I of this Constitution.

    Article I: Definitions

    Def 1. Private property may be any discernible object or electromagnetic wavelength with the following characteristics:

    It is accessible, recognizable, and discernable.
    It persists in the time scale of human action.
    It exists independently of any perception or consciousness.
    It is possible in practice to measure its physicochemical characteristics using the International System of Units (MKSA) or any other equivalent conceptual system.

    Def 2. A previously unowned or abandoned scarce resource is one meeting all the criteria of Def. 1 that is not being actively utilized by an individual or group of individuals for the completion of a particular project, or has not been claimed to be owned, in the time scale of human action, and in compliance with adverse possession common law.

    Def 3. A property right is the right to the exclusive use of and complete control over private property.

    Def 4. A coercive act is any act involving the use of private property on which a cognizable property right already exists, without the free and voluntary consent of the legitimate owner.

    Def. 5. Homesteading is the process by which human beings justly acquire property rights in a previously unowned or abandoned scarce resource by mixing one’s labor with the resource.

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    https://mises.org/blog/voluntaryist-constitution
    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Paul View Post
    The intellectual battle for liberty can appear to be a lonely one at times. However, the numbers are not as important as the principles that we hold. Leonard Read always taught that "it's not a numbers game, but an ideological game." That's why it's important to continue to provide a principled philosophy as to what the role of government ought to be, despite the numbers that stare us in the face.
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    Perhaps the only thing sillier than a constitution for a state is a constitution for a stateless society.

    In the first case, we're trying to have a state enforce rules against itself.

    In the second case, we're trying to have everyone (or no one?) enforce rules against everyone.

    The OP is really a series of suggestions, for which there is no enforcement mechanism.

    It is essentially a restatement (and not a bad one) of libertarian ethics, not a solution to the problem of their implementation in reality.
    "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."

    -H. L. Mencken



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