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Wednesday, December 17, 2003

The Outline So Far

I. The Social Contract
A. The Three Alternatives
1. Natural Rights
2. Utilitarianism
3. The Social Contract
4. Fictional Foundations
B. Is
1. A Just-So Story
2. Present Reality
3. Different Social Contracts
a. Surrender/ Slavery
b. Non-Aggression/ Thievery
c. Alliance/ Partnership
d. Associate (between Slavery and Partner)
e. Tribute/ Extortion (between Surrender/ Slavery and Non-Aggression/ Thievery)
f. Mutual Aid (between Non-Aggression/ Thievery and Alliance/ Partnership)
g. Apprentice
4. The Social Contract Chart
a. Overt vs. Covert
b. Self-Enforcing
(1) Government
(2) Mafia
c. Enforced Recognition
(1) Organizations (Corporations)
(2) RICO
d. Self-Recognizing
(1) Partnerships
(2) Conspiracies
e. Informal
(1) Networks (Friends)
(2) Contacts
f. Individual
(1) Citizen
(2) Outlaw
5. The Organization Chart
a. The Chart
(1) Private vs. Public Benefit
(2) Private vs. Public Control
b. The Organizations
(1) Corporations
(a) Mutual Benefit Organizations
(2) Charities
(3) Utilities
(4) Agencies
6. The Common Law Split
a. Civil Law - Disputes between Partners
b. Criminal Law - War against those who rejected the contract
C. Ought
1. Bracketing Morality
2. Getting to Yes and John Rawls
a. Separate the People from the Problem (The Original Position)
b. Focus on Interests, not Positions (General Knowledge)
c. Generate Options for Mutual Gain (*Rawls Fails*)
d. Insist on Objective Criteria (The Veil of Ignorance)
3. Who is Part of the Contract?
4. The Requirements
a. Universal Advantage
b. Minimalist Application
c. Equal Treatment
(1) Political Liberty
d. Equal Distribution
(1) Equal Opportunity
(2) The Difference Principle
5. Reintroducing Morality
II. Left-Libertarianism
A. The Basics
1. Self Ownership
2. Externalities
a. Private Ownership
b. Public Ownership
(1) Joint Ownership
(2) Equal Ownership
B. Justifications
1. Natural Rights
a. Negative Liberty vs. Positive Liberty
b. People
c. Chattels
d. Land
e. Natural Resources
f. Improvements
g. Intellectual Property
h. Chattels Reconsidered
i. People Reconsidered
j. Income from Labor
k. Corporations
2. Utilitarianism
a. Markets are Good
b. Centralized Control is Bad
c. Extra-Market Transfers
(1) Post- Market Transfers
(2) Pre-Market Transfers
(3) Extra-Market Property
d. Marginal Utility and the Poor
(1) Brad DeLong
e. The Coase Theorum
3. The Social Contract
a. Focus on Citizen vs. Property
(1) Gifts and Inheritances
b. John Rawls
(1) Priority of Liberty and Distributive Justice
(a) Distributive Form Can Impede Liberty
(b) Insufficient Distribution Can Impede Liberty
(2) The Difference Principle Solution to the Paradox of Markets and Egalitarianism of Outcome
c. Part I
(1) Limiting Liberties to Maximize Liberty
(2) The State’s Cut
C. The Blueprint
1. Types of Resources
a. Property
(1) Given to individual by the government
(2) Requires the state for maintenance
b. Inherent
(1) Individual brings to the table
(2) Outlaw can keep it after leaving the table
c. Distributed
(1) Given to individual by the government
(2) Outlaw can keep it after leaving the table
2. Types of Wealth
a. Earned- Created by an Individual
(1) Labor
(2) Capital Management
b. Licenced- Created by the State
c. Found
(1) Natural- Created by Nature
(2) Inherited- Created by Dead Humans
3. Auctions
a. True Market Value
b. Internalizing the true cost of regulations
4. The Citizen’s Dividend
5. Sufficitarianism
a. Maslow’s Hierarchy
b. Cash vs. Payment In Kind
6. Minarchism?
a. Cash vs. Payment In Kind
b. Bureaucracy Bad, Infrastructure Good
7. Corporations
a. Usefulness
b. Governance
c. Taxes
(1) Income
(2) Market Value of Limited Liability
8. Political Alliances
9. Transhumanism
a. What if people stop dying?
b. Turning Inherent resources into Distributed resources
III. The Social Resources Rent (SRR) Tax
A. Concept
1. Liquidating Henry George
B. Market Communism
C. Free Labor Socialism
D. Left-Libertarianism
E. Temporally Divided Income Tax
F. The Year Zero Problem
1. Introduction
2. General Amnesty
3. Total Reparations
4. Unsatisfactory Compromise
5. Georgist Liquidation

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