Laws of Government 1.1

The following is a set of basic laws, or principles that the United People believe our government should follow.

Each law below must be upheld by the government, so long as it does not break laws prior to itself.
Since this is a first draft, it is most definitely subject to change, and discussions and searches for loopholes are appreciated.

1. The government must conserve all forms of human life from physical abuse and from death, unless that human has intentionally killed another human lifeform, in which case the government may exercise punishment.
2. The government must conserve all human property(to the best of its abilities) from theft, vandalism, and damage by other humans, except in the case where protecting that property would directly interfere with the first law.
3. The government must preserve all human rights that do not interfere with the first two laws.
4. The government must provide only the most basic services(military, police, firestations, orphanages) Beyond those basics, services should be left to the supply and demand of a free economy. All services provided by government or by the economy must obey the first four laws with respect to other human beings. Any service that can be carried out in the private sector, without breaking the first law, should not be a government service.
5. Taxes should only be as high as is needed to cover the cost of maintaining the first four laws. All people should be taxed equally, and that tax should be as low as possible.*

 

*The United People currently favors a flat 15% tax on profits.

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3 Responses to “Laws of Government 1.1”

  1. V Says:

    I love the idea of a ‘three laws of robotics’ for government.

    Re: 1.
    The current form of this law isn’t strong enough to protect people. All the government has to do to evade it is make a few convenient laws; and then they can abuse or kill anyone they don’t like.

    Re: 2.
    This maybe should say ‘attempt to conserve’, rather than mandating. Otherwise, petty lawsuits could bankrupt the government really quickly.
    Or, this should spell out the government’s exact obligation to remediate when it fails to protect against theft.

    Re: 4.
    Basic services are hard to define because they change as technology and the economy changes. I wouldn’t want the government to have it’s hands totally tied against adding a new service.

  2. theunitedpeople Says:

    Thank you for your comments, V!
    Re: Re: 1
    It cannot punish human beings with death or physical abuse except in the case of that human being breaking this first law. If that human being breaks a different law, the government may not use physical force. Only if the person violates this first law. So adding more laws would not change the circumstances for punishment. I changed the wording a bit-hopefully that will make it clearer.

    Re: Re: 2
    If they only have to attempt to conserve it, isn’t it pretty easy for the government to become corrupt?
    “Ah, well, we tried to protect your land from your state’s government, but then they bribed us. Sorry.”

    Re: Re 4
    I actually want the government’s hands to be tied. I do not foresee any type of service that would be better off in the government’s hands than in the private sector’s hands. Obviously certain things like orphanages(to help prevent abuse) and police should not be private, so as not to favor richer people more than poor, but those are exceptions because of the first two laws. Education, for example, should be in the private sector*. The constitution doesn’t say “All men are created equal, and have rights to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and a government education”.

    *Edit: Upon reconsideration, the Cake Party believes in state controlled education in place of federal controlled education.

  3. Dolly Says:

    Well said.

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