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Self-Government Simplified

In the past most social organizations -- such as "family, church, labor union, chamber of commerce, lodge…" and governments at all levels -- have imposed threats of punishment in order to "persuade" individuals to obey their rules and guidelines The term “criminal justice system” can be applied to describe the obedience/punishment gambit they offer. The civilized alternative is self-government on a voluntary basis by responsible adults -- meaning those unimpaired by habitual antisocial behavior, fanaticism, mental incompetence or self-abusive habits,. The positive prerequisites for being a "responsible adult" are a “sense of justice,” “social responsibility," and a "desire for individual integrity."

Societies and market economies function best when they are free. However free market competition leads to outsized market shares, as the most successful eliminate their competitors. Once monopolistic or oligarchic players establish themselves, they raise the bar to potential competition and then market freedom is lost. Successful self-government is thus obliged to regulate markets. Regulation functions most effectively "when it simulates voluntary adaptations so that threats of punishment are rarely needed." For example, if governments regulate by appropriate limits on market share, successful competitors will tend to self-limit their size so as to avoid being broken up -- as was done to "Ma Bell" and Standard Oil. With care to regulate in a manner that stimulates voluntary adaptation, the "criminal justice system" mode is avoided.

Ewbank's article concludes with a few "queries" designed to stimulate reflection on how to achieve a truly "self-governing" planet. For example, here's the first query: "What can I do to enhance hopes for increasing the freedom of choice about everything for every civilized adult?" From a parliamentarian's perspective this query might be restated as: "How can I minimize the number of rules and regulation that impinge on individual freedom while still adequately providing necessary public services to protect and foster public health, safety, human rights and free markets in my jurisdiction?"