The proper philosophical justification for private property and self-ownership

A non-antrocentric approach

Past philosophical attempts on justifying the “moral” ground for private property and self-ownership have been unsuccessful. The foremost example I am knowledgeable about is Hans Hermann-Hoppe’s based on argumentation ethics, which has been proven unsuccessful due to its inability to incorporate Hume’s law. I will not discuss any other past attempts but henceforth only present my own arguments.

The first hurdle that I will tackle is antrho-centrisim. Past philosophical attempts on justifying any ethic, morality or value have NEVER answered the question:

Why does a principle only apply to humans and only them?

You cannot prove or argue for a certain morality if you are not able to answer this question, else the whole arguments fall flat due to Hume’s law. This persistent flaw in philosophy is due to its inability to incorporate the philosophical implications of evolutionary theory.

Evolutionary theory shows us that the categories we use to differentiate between organisms, such as homo sapiens, do not exist a priori. All of these different categories, whether it is species, tribes or families (I mean the biological terms) do not exist independent of the organisms that categorized or observed them.

Organisms who are categorized as same or alike have features that are similar or same, but every single of those features vary themselves. They all exist in a continuum. They are not exactly the same. Everyone has a hand, but the features composing the hand are different, the shape, fingerprints, grip strength, size, finger length and so on.

The measures we choose to determine different organisms from each other are purely decided by those who categorize them, meaning, the definitions can be stricter or looser, all depending on those doing the categorization.

This means that ANY philosophy utilizing the framework of “humans” and “non-humans” is philosophizing within an anthro-centric framework which can’t exist independent of those doing the categorization.

Instead, one must take account of every single organism when attempting to justify a certain morality, ethic or value. The principles must be valid independent of evolutionary trajectory and not contingent on the current evolutionary trajectory that created us humans. This heuristic will guide us for the rest of this text.

Self-ownership

Let’s start by imagining that only the organisms A and B exist in this world.  All organisms need resources to continue their existence. Resources in this world are scarce and times of extreme resource scarcity are unpredictable. In events of extreme resource scarcity,  there is a risk of not everyone surviving.

In anticipation of unforeseeable events, it is in the interest of both A and B to eliminate the other organism to prolong their own existence. The cost of being aggressive in a two organism world is zero. After eliminating the other organism, the aggressor has free access to all the resources.

However, if we add organism C, D and E, things change a lot. Aggressing in a world with third parties leads to the aggressor incurring a cost, being regarded as an aggressor. C, D and E would incur no cost from forming a coalition and aggressing upon A, since she is aggressive. I will use the term the non-aggression pact to refer to coalitions which aggresses upon aggressors

In a world where non-aggression pacts can be formed, it is still in your interest to eliminate other organisms for the unforeseeable events of extreme resource scarcity. And as there are more organisms in the world, it becomes harder to eliminate other organisms. The threat of the non-aggression pact increases with the size of the third party.

It is therefore in the interest of the individual, to avoid the non-aggression pact and instead align itself with it. The elimination of other organisms will always be in the interest of your long-term existence and the possibility of doing so without incurring any costs becomes possible with the non-aggression pact.

This is the foundation of self-ownership. In the event of the formation of a non-aggression pact, it is in your interest to have adhered to the non-aggression principle during your lifetime. The threat of the non-aggression pact is what protects your self-ownership from being violated.

Private property

Suppose our island example with multiple organisms again and all organisms may consume any amount of resources they so desire. All organisms differ in the amount of resources they require and suppose one organism requires a high amount of resources which affects the resource supply heavily. In the event of an extreme resource scarcity, this person’s resource consumption will put everyone else’s existence under threat. Therefore, it is of interest to do away with organisms with unusual high amount of resource consumption. An example of such an organism is a hog who usually destroys a lot of land in the process of feeding itself.

However, doing away with organisms with a high resource demand will still brand you as an aggressive organism. It is impossible to measure what the appropriate amount of consumption is due to the variability of the consumption level between organisms but also the variability of the consumption level between time for a single organism. Such a system, in varying degrees, will always end in a slow race towards mass societal aggression.

The alternative is private property. Private property is the least non-aggressive form of resource distribution. In the absence of unambiguous, rigid, and easily understood delimitations, the possibility of conflict becomes almost inevitable. By respecting other’s private property, you are commiting yourself to non-aggression and become predictable for others. The delimitation between your and other’s resources, limits the costs of your consumption to only yourself.

Therefore, the foundation of private property lies on its non-aggressive nature. There is no more efficient way of resource distribution that avoids the possible wrath of the non-aggression pact. In the light of private properties non-aggressive nature, commiting yourself to other alternatives than private property can be possible regarded as an aggressive stance to others.

Summary

These principles are valid independent of our evolutionary trajectory. In our previous examples all of the organisms can be of any combination. The island examples with A, B and C, could be a human, dog and a firefly. It is this difference from previous moral philosophy, that makes the principles of anarcho-capitalist ethics valid independent of evolutionary trajectory.

So, the right to self-ownership is protected and realized through the non-aggression pact. It is through adhering to non-aggressive actions that we can make sure that any possible aggressors incur the cost of being branded as aggressors by the non-aggression pact.

To avoid aggressive actions and fully commit ourselves to non-aggression, we adhere to the principles of private property. Through clear delimitations between what’s yours and mine we avoid getting into conflicts which may brand us as aggressors. In the event of uncertain events, it is in our interest to approach it in a non-aggressive manner, by doing so, we avoid the possible wrath of the non-aggression pact.

Socialism and nationalism as a ladder

We all celebrate the independence of former colonies from their respective colonial powers. Colonialism was the most evil thing on earth. But what was bad about it? Was it expropriation? Taxation without representation? The racism? Massacres?

None of the former were unique to the colonial territories. But there was actually one thing that was unique. The ruling class was not of the same extraction as its subjects.

Colonialism came to an end when the foreign rulers were replaced by rulers of native extraction. The essence of colonialism was that the ruling class was not of the same extraction as its subjects. But why would that ever be a problem? It’s obvious in an evolutionary sense. The price of trusting individuals outside of your own group can be quietly costly on the long run.

However, there must be someone who initially articulates the ethnicity of the ruling class as a problem. By studying this process and the people who are the forebears against colonialism, one can find a quite interesting insight.

In India it was the Indian National Congress who led the country to independence. Both Nehru and Gandhi, especially Gandhi, became quite famous for their resistance against the British rule. But the origins of Indian National Congress is very intriguing. It was created by native colonial administrators who got disgruntled by the racial hierarchies in the colonial administration. Native Indians could only advance to a certain level in the colonial bureaucracy due to their race. The upper ranks were reserved for whites only.

And so started a story where disgruntled bureaucrats seized the power from the foreign rulers. The interesting point is that none of these anti-colonial leaders relinquished power from themselves. Rather they only seeked more. Muhammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, advocated a separation from India due to Pakistan’s Muslim identity, to only later decide that Pakistan was to be a secular state.

Anti-colonialism seems to be only a vehicle for a certain group of individuals to gain power. Now there is a very similar group within socialists. Every policy they advocate for, eventually means that the demand for occupations, that mostly they occupy (teachers, social workers, paper-shufflers and academics) , increases. The unemployable migrants can only be fixed by transferring more wealth to socialist occupations. Else we are “doomed”. And they are not lying.

When we don’t transfer wealth to the socialist elite, we end up with Castros, Guevaras and Maos. The liberal democracy bribes these agitators through fake jobs as social workers, academics and bureaucrats. In these positions, they don’t have the interest to seize the power from the ruling class.

It’s not that the the Castros, Guevaras, Lenins and Maos have a low IQ and are unemployable, no. They are obviously above average, but not good enough to be competitive. Instead of engaging in non-aggressive value creation, they find it in their own interest to transfer wealth and prestige by threat of violence. Instead of being a low prestige worker, they can instead be a bureaucrat or an academic, which has a lot more sexual value. The revolution is not in their interest if they are already being bribed with fake jobs.

Another case to clarify this phenomenon would be Ashkenazim over-representation in socialist literature (and leadership). Not every Ashkenazim is a successful wealth creator. However, an Ashkenazim loser is not the same as an European loser. The Ashkenazim loser can still think. And when he thinks, he comes up with the idea that he can cover his power and prestige loss, by extorting the “capitalists” with threats of violence from the masses.

Another great case is student protests and revolts. Often it is students of social sciences who engage in these activities. Never have students marched for more capitalism. It is always for socialism, meaning, higher sexual value of their grades. They are marching for higher incomes and prestige for THEM, not anyone else. Even if they are not the direct recipients, they will always be one of the beneficiaries of the stealth that they are advocating for.

Our anti-colonial and socialists leaders seem to act out from the same “genetic profile”. Individuals with this profile are the “extortion class” of a society. Their contemporaries appear in modern identity politics (minority nationalist movements). Ethnic leaders, or self-claimed ethnic representatives, claim to have the best knowledge about their own group, rather than anyone else, and therefor they should have the highest and best positions possible in every single existing institution. Equality is not 50/50, but 100/0, with 0% being European males.

Their issue is not ethics or morality. Not policy or consequences. But power and prestige. Nationalism, anti-colonialism and socialism are ladders, nothing else.