Below are ten principles given by Ron Paul, Congressman from the 14th District of Texas, for creating and maintaining a free and just society.
2. All peaceful, voluntary economic and social associations are permitted; consent is the basis of the society and economic order.
3. Justly acquired property is privately owned by individuals and voluntary groups, and this ownership cannot be arbitrarily voided by governments.
4. Government may not redistribute private wealth or grant special privileges to any individual or group.
5. Individuals are responsible for their own actions; government cannot and should not protect us from ourselves.
6. Government may not claim the monopoly over a people’s money and government must never engage in official counterfeiting, even in the name of macroeconomic stability.
7. Aggressive wars, even when called preventative, and even when they pertain only to trade relations, are forbidden.
9. All forms of involuntary servitude are prohibited, not only slavery but also conscription, forced association, and forced welfare distribution.
10. Government must obey the law that it expects other people to obey and thereby must never use force to mold behavior, manipulate social outcomes, manage the economy, or tell other countries how to behave.
[Taken from “Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issue that Affect our Freedom,” by Ron Paul, pp. 327-328.]
Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not? What do you think makes a society free and just?