My last long and boring post concerned the tedious subject of money. This long and boring post will concern the tedious subject of laws, though hopefully without the melancholy.
Laws began on land as nothing more than common sense survival tactics and instincts accepted by the majority, really simple stuff that still holds to this day; don’t kill one another, don’t hurt one another, don’t steal from or cheat one another, don’t set the village on fire, don’t smash the ‘phone box up and so on. The absolute basics of any legal system, the foundation, the Common Law. Virtually the whole of the Common Law can be summed up in the following, easy to memorise sentence:
Cause loss, harm or damage to nobody; honour your lawful contracts, pay your lawful bills and be honest in your dealings.
Whenever I hear the phrase “ignorance of the law is no excuse”, I think that the above sentence is what it refers to. Most people instinctively know that the sentence is correct, even if they’ve never troubled to actually put it into words themselves, because it is universally common.
The Common Law, then, is the foundation of all laws and its root purpose is to foster survival.
Upon this foundation were built the triple pillars of Religious Law, Judicial Law and Legislative Law.
Religious Law takes the Common Law and enshrines it as God’s Law or Universal Law, adding interpretations, explanations, extrapolations and contingencies of its own based on spiritual perspectives.
Judicial Law comes from the various courts as situations are considered and then acted upon by a recognised Judge or Decider, be that a tyrant or a jury, and the judgement added to the body of law to guide and reflect society.
Legislative law is made by recognised Lawmakers, whether they be kings or presidents, to guide and reflect society and also to raise revenue for the state.
These Three Pillars of Law are all dependent on their foundation though, all dependent on the Common Law Foundation. Let us imagine, as the old thought experiment goes, that one of the Three Pillars passed a law ordering that all blue eyed babies born in July must be euthanized at birth – the instant that law is challenged under the Common Law it is rejected because killing babies causes loss, harm and damage to human beings.
The above Three Pillars represent the second tier of law – Man’s Law – and, working in harmony, give any society great security, confidence and strength. The root purpose of Man’s Law is to foster harmony.
But there has relatively recently arisen a third tier of law, the Law of the Sea or Admiralty Law – today most commonly kown as Business or Financial Law. This tier of law evolved to control interactions between shipping and to formalise proceedures and behaviour aboard ship. When a sailor signed on to a ship, he or she signed away all his land based rights under the Common Law and the Three Pillars and agreed instead to be bound by the ship’s laws with captain as final arbiter at sea.
Admiralty Law grew to encompass trade and banking laws; rules and regulations formed by businessmen and lawyers designed to streamline trade and industry and maximise profits. The modern contract of employment is the direct descendant of the contracts those historical sailors signed. You agree to have so much loss, harm or damage done to you, you agree to accept your contract may not be honoured, you agree to accept that you might not get paid what you’re owed and you agree to accept that you might get lied to. But hey, at least the captain can’t flog you in public any more, right? Swings and roundabouts.
The root purpose of Admiralty Law is acquisition. This makes it very popular with businesses, banks and governments and, as a result, why it has come to dominate our everyday lives.
Given what I have learned about the nature of money, I came to see Admiralty Law as the Second Shackle keeping us all in slavebt. And I asked myself, if Admiralty Law requires my consent, which it seems to do judging by all the signatures it asks for, what would happen if I said no? So I’ve started to say no.
Maybe soon I’ll blog about how it’s going…