How Natural Law Works

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Mention the words natural law and what image does the mind conjure up? Say natural law and the brain might create for you and image of airheads living in communes preaching agape love. As a teacher of natural law, I treat the subject quite differently. Make an observation of a principle that works over and over again over all of history’s long timeline. Then, even with all of the effort in the world, folks can’t come up with a universally accepted, or even a good guess as to why it works. The cause is often unexplainable or elusive and not concrete at best.

Much of natural law is well know. When that is the case it is largely treated as a platitude. Reliable principles of natural law are modeled all over the scriptures of every religion. Even with all of the exposure, natural law is treated as mush within intellectual communities. Anyone who alludes to natural law is tuned out. That is a mistake. Natural law dominates man made theories. Man made theories often work perfectly until they conflict with a natural law.

A time honored principle of natural law is that an action that begins with an immoral act will be one where the costs outweigh the benefits. There will be an eventual negative outcome. Is that true? It can’t be proven but we can see that historically it hasn’t failed.

When looking at modern monetary policy. The reasoning is that if we steal on behalf of the rest of the country, the interest Grannie should rightly earn on her savings, and give it to the world’s financial sector, the country as a whole will prosper.

To do what is ostensibly right for the rest of the country, we must rob Grannie. Because that is an immoral approach to public policy, even though the logic sounds great, the whole country will be compromised. The sum of the results of the practice will be very harmful.

Communism begins with the notion that the end justifies the means. Natural law understands that it is the means and nothing else that determines the end. A communist might say “you have to break eggs to make an Omelet. In every case, the suggestion is that an immoral act is going to end up doing good for society. Any type of economics by force is going to fare worse than those where free markets are the norm.

Another well known point of natural law is that power corrupts. So far, I haven’t found a soul who disagrees with that principle. So, we elect a president, and his supporters act if they have a messiah working for them.  What they have done is increase the level of power of another human being by making him president. More corruption always comes with more power.  The United States must have a president but citizens must realize that it is their job to reign in the leaders they elect. In all cases, the masses are more moral than their leaders even though the population may not see it that way. Even though democracy is far from perfect, it does provide ways for the more moral portion of humanity to control the less moral few who are elevated to powerful positions.
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James Quillian independent scholar,free market economist,and teacher of natural law. Who is James Quillian? Certainly I am nobody special, Just a tireless academic and deep thinker. Besides that, I have broken the code with respect to economics and political science. Credentials? Nothing you would be impressed with. I am not a household name. It is hard to become famous writing that virtually no one in the country is genuinely not in touch with reality. But, if I did not do that, there would be no point in my broking the broken the code. If you read the blog, it is easy to see that there are just a few charts, no math and no quantitative analysis. That is not by accident. Given what I know, those items are completely useless. I do turn out to be highly adept at applying natural law. Natural law has predominance over any principles the social science comes up. By virtue of understanding natural law, I can debunk, in just a few sentences , any theory that calls for intervention by a government. My taking the time to understand the ins and outs of Keynes General Theory is about like expecting a chemistry student to completely grasp all that the alchemists of the middle ages thought they understood in efforts to turn base metals into goal. Keynesian theory clearly calls for complete objectivity. Government can only make political decisions. Keynesian techniques call for economic decisions. So, why go any further with that? Fantasy Free Economics is in a sense a lot like technical analysis. Technical analysis began with the premise that it was impossible to gain enough information studying fundamentals to gain a trading advantage. Study the behavior of investors instead. Unlike technical analysis, I don't use technical charts. What I understand are the incentives of different people and entities active in the economics arena. For example, there is no such thing as an incentive to serve with life in the aggregate. In the aggregate, only self interest applies. It is routinely assumed otherwise. That is highly unappealing. But, I am sorry. That is the way it is. I can accept that because I am genuinely in touch with reality. Step one in using Fantasy Free Economics is for me to understand just how little I really know. A highly credentialed economist may know 100 times what I do based on the standard dogma. Compare the knowledge each of us has compared to all there is to know and we both look like we know nothing at all. There is always more than we don't know than what we do know. I am humble enough to present myself on that basis. Why? That is the way it is. I am not bad at math. I have taught math. What I understand is when to use it and when to rely on something else. Math is useless in natural law so I don't use it. While others look at numbers, I am busy understanding the forces in nature that makes their numbers what they are. That gives me a clear advantage.
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