May 4, 2014
Part three in a series on developing your own independent moral
compass. Here is a summary of the ideas covered:
- Moral behaviour evolved as an evolutionary adaptation to gain
the advantages of the division of labour that come from
- The act of peaceful communication logically contains and
implies the criteria for moral rules.
- There are four rules for avoiding conflict over scarce
resources that are valid according to the criteria of universality,
logical coherence and non-contradiction by behaviour.
- The rules are inherent in the nature of peaceful communication
and can't be argued against without self-contradiction.
- Rule 1: Each individual has exclusive control of his or her own
- Rule 2: The exclusive control of a previously unowned
scarce resource belongs to the first person to "homestead" the
- Rule 3: The exclusive control of a newly produced scarce
object belongs to the person to created the object (as long as they
owned the component resources that they made it from).
- Rule 4: Justly acquired control over scarce resources can
be given away or traded by voluntary agreement.
- These four rules together comprise the non-aggression
Protecting yourself from straightforward aggression is a
practical matter. Protecting yourself from aggression that is
disguised with bogus moral justifications is more complex: you need
your own moral compass to avoid confusion. The purpose of this
series has been to outline the principles necessary to reconstruct
valid moral rules for yourself, so that you are not duped by bogus