I woke up this morning (thankfully, it implies I’m still alive) and decided to do something cool. I was thinking why not watching some videos on how to file a lawsuit against the UK government for their wrongdoings. So I did just that. I searched for “best practices on suing an entire government” instead I got a video where a lawyer was explaining one of his recent cases: His client had hired a worker to do something for them. They weren’t happy with the result and they didn’t want to pay him for the job which they believed had been done dreadfully.
He then explained the paperwork and the form which had to be submitted by both parties. He, on behalf of his client, had filled a separate form as well and included whatever details he thought would help his client to win the case. On the other hand, the worker clearly had filled the form by himself and instead of providing all necessary information, filling different forms, etc he had simply mentioned on the main form that he had done the job and he deserves to be paid for that. So I got angry.
It’s not important at all whether the worker had done the job properly or not. They weren’t equal in the court. They were equal in the law books but no, the reality was nothing close to that. Depending on your pocket you’re more likely to get your rights compare to poor people.
In a free society, it’s not enough what’s inside the books of law. In a free society, all people should get fair rights in practice and not in theory.
So equal vote and equal right is a myth in a capitalist “free society”. Communism on the other hand artificially removes social classes which leads to an unnatural, unsustainable model. It’s unable to provide the most basic element of a free society which is balance and so it relies on the iron fist for survival.
Based on previous discussions, it’s now clear that central authority moves societies away from a free society. So let’s remove the government from the equation (just as a fun experimentation) and examine what we will get (if it doesn’t work we can plug it in again so no problem).
Let’s start with tax. The vast majority of mentally stable people hate paying more tax. The reason is absolutely clear. Imagine someone has been charged with a crime but can’t afford to hire a lawyer. So a free attorney, paid by taxpayers’ money, will be appointed by the court to defend the suspect. Taxpayers have never met the suspect and have no idea why they should pay for that.
Taxpayers are angry and don’t know why tax rate is so high. Free attorneys provide a minimal service. And those who have been charged can’t get all their rights. Three parties are involved and all are angry.
Now unplug the government. No government means no tax, right? Not exactly. People still will have to pay (even more than before). But now they know what exactly they are paying for. Imagine a business owner hires an employee. The business owner agrees to pay a specific amount of money every month to a private law firm to protect the employee’s right. Now the business owner doesn’t consider the payment to be unfair but instead they consider that as an investment. The employee will have much higher job satisfaction and so the productivity will be higher and so the business owner will earn more profit. Someone might decide not to provide such a service to their employees at all. They should hire less skilful workers, productivity will be less and it means less profit. It’s no more paying tax it’s an investment.
Now back to the main question of how a free society can give all citizens fair rights. You can’t artificially remove social classes so everyone will have equal rights. But instead, the self-interest of business owners and the well-being of employees should be tightly integrated.
That’s not equality by force but fairness by choice.