Illegal morality

14 Mar’15 ~QofDay~ Illegal Morality

Could an action be moral, even uplifting, but illegal?

On close inspection, almost all law is immoral, at many different levels.

Consider that the holocausts of World Wars 1 & 2 were legally sanctioned by all governments involved.

Consider that our laws sanction a market based values system which is internally incentivised to deny the most basic survival needs to a significant fraction of the human population.

In terms of morality, in terms of choosing life and liberty of individuals as one’s highest values – all individuals, above all else, most of the laws in most jurisdictions are specifically and explicitly designed to make it extremely difficult to achieve in practice.

In a very real sense, the very concept of law, as a restriction on freedom, is immoral.

So continuing in the spirit of OM, yes – most certainly laws can be immoral, and in fact most are, but very few people are willing to explore far down that path, because is it a very uncomfortable place to go, and not many people are willing to sustain that level of discomfort for long.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see
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