Practical Political Philosophy

The Live and Let Live Practicial Political Philosophy ("3LP") involves two separate principles.

The Moral Principle ("3LMP")

The 3LMP seeks to inspire all people to be excellent humans. The 3LM embraces and promotes the 3LMP to achieve the goals of optimizing human happiness and well-being while minimizing suffering. Such a goal is necessary if we are ever to achieve a lasting peace.

The following seven aspirational values are suggested for those aspiring to be excellent humans. This is a non-exhaustive list. Individuals may want to add other aspirational values that suit their personal preferences. While members of the 3LM may offer advice about how others should live their lives, as the 3LMP is voluntary, all members of the 3LM oppose importing any of these aspirational values into the law, thereby mandating others to adopt them.

All competent adults should decide for themselves how best to live their lives so long as they do not aggress against others or their property.

High Character

A person’s character results from their core values and motivations for acting. It is the quality of doing the right thing for the right reasons. Traits like integrity, honesty, loyalty, responsibility, accountability, compassion, empathy, gratitude, fairness, patience, fortitude, and others that promote good behavior encompass this concept. The traditional four virtues present in both ancient philosophy as well as in many of the world’s most successful moral traditions include practical wisdom, courage, justice, and temperance or balance. The 3LMP specifically promotes these four virtues as part of aspiring to a high degree of moral character. Always striving to improve one’s character and act accordingly is arguably the most basic, comprehensive, and important aspirational value.

A Commitment to Thinking Win/Win

We should always seek ways to align our self-interest with the interests of others to achieve mutually beneficial results. Not only does this approach foster free trade and thereby raise standards of living for both parties, but it also fosters cooperation, mutual benefit, long-term relationships, and a high level of trust. Investing time to genuinely understand another person’s thinking, preferences, and proclivities to determine what constitutes a “win” for another person is a necessary prerequisite to achieving and engaging in a win/win agreement. As such, carefully listening to others is an important skill to be refined to realize this aspirational value.

Open-Mindedness

We should always remain willing to consider new or different ideas, opinions, and conclusions from the ones we currently hold. This open-mindedness should be the case for all issues. If we confront a better idea, opinion, or determination, we should not be afraid to modify our current position on any subject. This willingness to change does not mean we ought to be fickle. However, we should recognize that none of us is perfect, and we all currently hold some incorrect views. Remaining open-minded is the best way to learn and improve. There is simply no downside to being open-minded.

Tolerance

We should recognize that people look, speak, celebrate, love, think, act, and even live differently. We should aspire to genuinely accept the peaceful behavior and beliefs of others that differ from our own, even if we do not personally agree with or approve of them. We recognize that all people are imperfect and therefore act imperfectly at times. Let’s resolve, at least legally, to tolerate the rights of others to live however they choose so long as they do not violate the 3LLP.

Voluntary Kindness

We should aspire to be caring, compassionate, generous, and helpful towards others in need even when we are not required to do so, and there is nothing tangible to gain. While we absolutely reject forced kindness, we seek to inspire people to voluntarily be kind towards others because it is the right thing to do and for the sake of creating a peaceful world.

Civility

We seek to inspire people to maintain a dignified demeanor of friendship, politeness, goodwill, and respect toward others. We reject the idea of harboring unjustified hostility towards others, calling people derogatory names, or being rude. We should set an example for others to emulate. This remains the case even when others act in uncivilized ways. We each retain the ability to choose how we respond to others. Harboring anger, hostility, or resentment is unproductive and does not foster peace. We can always agree to disagree in a calm and respectful way. Let’s treat others as we would want to be treated ourselves.

Commitment to Truth, Facts and Rational Thought

We should be firmly committed to pursuing knowledge about what is objectively true about nature and the universe. We value clear dispassionate thinking, logical reasoning, true facts, and rational inferences from those facts. This commitment remains the case even if the facts of reality overthrow our current beliefs. We should not stubbornly cling to erroneous facts, beliefs, or conclusions merely to appear to be “right.” Instead, we should pursue the limits of human knowledge wherever it leads.

Building High Levels of Trust with Others

Trust is the foundation upon which all productive human relationships are built. Our best relationships are the ones where we have earned a high level of trust. We should never miss an opportunity to build trust with another person. To build trust, we must first be trustworthy. We should always act in ways that inspire others to justifiably believe in our integrity and underlying high character strongly. We should encourage all people to honor their word and fulfill what they promise to foster ever increasing high levels of trust with others.

Justice

Be fair in all our interactions and/or transactions. While perfect justice is a moving target, however, we can still make headway toward it.

Consistent Self-Improvement

We recognize no human is perfect. We all make mistakes, which we should enthusiastically own, accept full responsibility for, and constructively learn from. We should promote and maintain a commitment to excellence in all areas. We each have countless opportunities to improve in all ways. We recognize that learning is a life-long process requiring practice, diligence, and commitment. As part of being an excellent human, the 3LM attempts to inspire all people to frequently bring the best new version of themselves forward and continually work towards self-improvement in all areas of life.

The Legal Principle ("3LLP")

In addition to encouraging people to be excellent humans, the 3LM promotes calibrating (assess and adjust) the law to remove aggression in the spirit of freedom. The 3LM seeks to prohibit all aggression. The 3LLP – Don’t Aggress – requires all acts of aggression should always be illegal. This is not a suggestion and there are no exceptions.

The 3LLP applies to all people equally, even if they form groups, organizations, corporations, or governments. It is the most fundamental legal principle upon which all other laws ought to be based. Therefore, all laws ought to be in harmony with the 3LLP such that all aggression be outlawed.

“Aggression” Defined:

  1. Initiating nonconsensual force against another person or their property;
  2. Engaging in fraud;
  3. Engaging in coercion; 
  4. Creating a substantial risk or threat of initiating nonconsensual physical force against another person or their property;
  5. Breaching a valid contract; 
  6. Engaging in unreasonable conduct causing harm to another person or their property; or
  7. Breaching a fiduciary duty.

To properly observe the Live and Let Live Philosophy, and to promote freedom and peace, we must allow others the exact same right to also peacefully live their lives on their own terms. We must let others live even if we disagree with the peaceful choices they make.

The cost of achieving peace is letting others do what you also have the right to do; to own and control their own lives. This is especially important when we find their choices to be immoral, unhealthy, unwise, or against their self-interest. We must legally respect the rights of others to peacefully do things with which we disagree. 

As a moral matter, and despite this, we can and should do our best to encourage people to be excellent humans. And they have the right to reject our suggestions.

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