Now that I have addressed the principles of Natural Law as they relate to money, I think we need to address the notion of ‘fairness.’ In general, whenever we hear someone talking about ‘fairness,’ we can assume they probably mean they want to violate Natural Law. This is because there is no such thing as ‘fairness’ under Natural Law. Please do not misunderstand; justice is the primary focus of Natural Law, but justice has nothing to do with ‘fairness.’ Justice is objective. It is the same for all without respect to the person or their status in society. But ‘fairness’ is subjective and means something different to each of us. I propose to illustrate my point by incorporating something else we frequently hear when ‘fairness’ is being discussed: the redistribution of wealth. In this way, I think we can tackle two issues with one post.
Wealth is not money. Wealth is the accumulation or storing of labor (remember, money is just a representation of labor). As such, it can take many forms. It does not have to be and seldom is money. Wealth is most often stored in forms such as property, stocks and bonds and precious metals. The primary difference is that wealth — true wealth — is tangible. It is physical, it can be held and physically possessed, thus, real wealth is very difficult to destroy. However, it can still be stolen and/or redistributed. So, with that established, let us think of wealth as a warehouse where we store things of value. Using this example, money is just one of many things we can store in our warehouse (i.e. one form of wealth creation).
Now, with respect to wealth, there are two types of people: those who add to their warehouse and those who consume what is in their warehouse. If you are one who adds more to their warehouse than they consume, then you will accumulate wealth. On the other hand, those who consume more than they save will not only consume their wealth, they will — eventually — end up in debt to someone else. That debt is like money: it is a representation of labor. In this case, it is labor owed. The point, however, is that debt has a value to the one who is owed, so it is something of that can be added to the debtor’s warehouse. There are other things of value that can be added to our warehouse, and those who understand how Natural Law works will work to add things to their warehouse that naturally increase in value. If debts are drawing interest, they increase in value. Investments in business ventures and some forms of property often grow in value and should be included in the list of things that add to the value of our warehouse.
However, precious metals belong to a different form of valuable items we might want to store in our warehouse. Precious metals are important, not so much because they appreciate, but because they protect against wealth erosion due to inflation. Sticking to our illustration of a warehouse, we can think of precious metals as a security system or rodent control. They protect from loss due to thieves and rodents. The point here is that they are still a valuable part of our model as they protect the valuables we store in our warehouse.
But cash is not as valuable because the amount of labor it can command varies. What might buy you an hour of labor today could easily lose value. Tomorrow it may only buy you thirty minutes of labor. This is why cash is not the smartest thing to keep in our warehouse. Instead, it is wiser to invest it. The way to think of investing is in terms of what cash represents: labor. If you put cash in the warehouse, it is a worker who just sits there doing nothing, which could result in the worker being able to do less work when you finally go to use him/her. However, if you put that worker to work for you now, then it could actually make you more money than it actually represents.
This is investing and wealth-building in their simplest forms while still staying inside the confines of Natural Law. Now we need to look at how ‘fairness’ is a violation of Natural Law. First, when people say something is not ‘fair’ — especially where wealth is concerned — what they mean is they want control over someone else’s warehouse. They will usually deny it, and they may not even be consciously aware that this is what they are doing, but the fact remains: all appeals to fairness with respect to wealth are demands for access and/or control over another person’s warehouse.
Now, any claim to another person’s warehouse is a clear violation of Natural Law. This is because the things in our warehouse all represent labor, and labor is a representation of free will. So, when we call for control over another person’s warehouse (i.e. their wealth), we are actually demanding control over their free will. In other words, we are demanding they be made our slave. Owning another person is as clear a violation of Natural Law because it — like demanding control of their wealth — is a violation of their free will.
All humans are aware of this: instinctively, we all know it is true. This is precisely why we construct fallacious arguments such as “fairness.” What we are looking for is a justification for breaking the Natural Laws governing this universe. Thus, when we understand Natural Law, we understand that appeals to “fairness” is just a way of rationalizing our lawlessness. What we are trying to do is convince people to agree with and join us in our crimes, and that is because we think company in our crimes will help us assuage our guilty conscience. Of course, if we rationalize our lawlessness often enough and long enough, we eventually erode our conscience. When that happens, we run the very real risk of becoming a tyrant — or worse.
So, the next time you feel yourself being tempted to agree with someone claiming they are only interested in ‘fairness,’ stop and ask yourself why this person is trying to break into your warehouse. If the person is rich, they are probably trying to get you to join with them in breaking into someone else’s warehouse (i.e. buying your vote by promising to ‘get the rich‘). But even the rich can be greedy, so they may want your warehouse on top of getting you to help them break into others.’ That happens when we elect people thinking they will give us something for nothing, then they use their power to manipulate our currency and steal from us by causing inflation and deficit spending. In short, these people are lawless.
On the other hand, the person who is not already rich and does not have power, but they are still claiming that something is not ‘fair,’ then you are probably dealing with a thief who wants to break in to as many warehouses as they can. This person is not so much lazy as they are greedy. While it is true, they are lazy — seldom working to add to their own warehouse. They will often expend a great deal of energy to break into other peoples’ warehouses. This is because their true or stronger motivation is greed. What they are after is maximum gain with minimal work — yet another violation of Natural Law. Natural Law dictates that we fill our warehouse slowly, over time, taking care not to violate the law in the process. But the person who wants to break in to your warehouse is often looking to get rich quick. In other words, they are lawless.
So, the next time you hear someone talking about fairness, understand that they do not care about justice. If they did, they would be fighting to protect other peoples’ warehouses, not to raid them. Understand that all appeals to fairness are just attempts to excuse lawlessness — period!