Category Archive: Ethics

May 05 2017

The Right to Leave a Group

It seems an intuitive truth that we have the right to leave a group that we have voluntarily joined. Even though that right exists, it is not absolute and it’s also true that the right to leave may be diluted by contractual obligations we have entered into. Time frames are a key factor. In the …

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Jun 20 2016

Stop Being Pathetically Correct

“Politically Correct” is a misnomer, because the positions taken in that name are often neither political nor correct. People take these positions because they are insecure in some sense of self and seek approval from a large group to ease their discomfort. When we adopt such a position simply to match somebody else’s political rhetoric …

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Apr 13 2016

Social Behavior Ethics

Individualism and Collectivism are both philosophies of social and economic behavior that are often used as some form of basis for political systems. Both types of systems have advantages and drawbacks. In abstract form, both can be considered simply as weighting schemes for ethical frameworks. In basic ethics, we describe ethical “reach” or “scope” as …

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Apr 08 2016

Tyrants Need Mobs

We all feel desires we know we should not pursue. In times of plenty, it can be difficult to make moderate choices, even when we know they are correct. It’s easy to indulge. A tyrant is a bully, who seeks to control a weaker person. Most bullies are motivated by insecurity that drives them to …

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Mar 16 2016

Power is a Magnet to Bad Ethics

We know that collective power corrupts. Collective power is the power of a group acting together and it usually exceeds the capability of any individual acting by themselves. This makes it seductive to those with weak or bad ethics because it gives them an opportunity to sway the direction of the group in their benefit. …

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Mar 02 2016

Responsibility of the Electorate

When we vote in elections, we have a responsibility to vote well, based on good knowledge of the choices available to us. The word “FIDUCIARY” describes a state of legal or ethical trust between people or groups of people. We consider that our elected representatives have a fiduciary responsibility to fulfill our expectations that they …

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Oct 30 2015

Moral Prohibitions

DO NO HARM – by diminishing the physical status of others Don’t kill others Don’t hurt others Don’t degrade the health of others Don’t take property that belongs to others Don’t restrict the movement of others DO NO HARM – by diminishing the rights of others Don’t distort or withhold truth Don’t restrict others from …

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Sep 18 2015

Compelling the Behavior of Another

The “Golden Rule” can be phrased in two forms: As a positive – Treat others the same way you wish to be treated As a negative – Do not treat others in ways you wish to not be treated The same basic principle has also been expressed as, “Do no harm”. That may not be …

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Feb 06 2015

A Moral Society

Ayn Rand wrote: The most profoundly revolutionary achievement of the United States of America was the subordination of society to moral law. The principle of man’s individual rights represented the extension of morality into the social system—as a limitation on the power of the state, as man’s protection against the brute force of the collective, …

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Jun 21 2013

Liberty versus Freedom

Freedom and liberty – these two words are etched into our political core, but we tend to take them for granted, without examining what they actually mean. Freedom is the absence of restriction and control, while liberty implies a state of freedom, but with an added framework of responsibility and accountability added to it. Liberty, …

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