Category Archives: Law

A philosophical approach to what we call law.

The Housing Problem

I take a good look at Britain’s housing problem – the extortionate and unaffordable cost of homes in the UK. I trace the problem back to the Norman conquest that perpetuated centuries of land shortage, inflating rents and labour prices leading to stifled economic development.

In contemporary Britain there is a struggle between the wealth elites and the middle to upper classes who stand to lose a lot of money if new housing developments speeds up. The middle classes would prefer redevelopment of “brown field” sites, but this is less profitable and risky for developers.

Presently building a new property requires navigation of many hundreds of pages of planning and building regulations, that’s even if you can obtain some land!

Where will it all end? I rather suspect the middle classes are going to be burnt one way or the other. Prepare for some upset Daily Telegraph readers!? Maybe, the struggle isn’t over yet.

Sources and further reading:
The Progress Report Review of Who Owns Britain
http://www.progress.org/revwob.htm

Country Life, Who Owns Britain
http://www.countrylife.co.uk/countryside/article/506868/Who-owns-Britain-Top-UK-landowners.html

New Statesmen, The coming battle over land and property
http://www.newstatesman.com/society/2010/10/land-tax-labour-britain

The Telegraph, Hands Off Our Land
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/hands-off-our-land/8745367/Hands-Off-Our-Land-by-numbers.html
The ironically titled campaign by this middle/upper class newspaper to try and stop people from developing on land they own!
(cos that will spoil views, risk negative equity and leave plebs living next door?)

NHBC Foundation
http://www.nhbcfoundation.org/Publications/Primary-Research/Prospects-for-the-UK-house-building-industry-NF39

Image of Charlies House used with permission.

http://naturalhomes.org/save-charlies-house.htm

Stateless Societies

In this program I define the state and contrast stateless and statist societies. The critical difference is that stateless societies do not have the corporate institution of government.

There are various examples of stateless societies such as medieval Ireland, modern day Somalia* and more ancient cultures such as the aboriginal peoples of the USA.

*Somalia’s so called government is being funded by Norway

Some of my previous programs deal with these topics separately:

“Anarchy? What Happens?” talks about common law traditions
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2Ne_c6Oe-g

“Breaking The Corporate Matrix” links together various threads of the state
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9-iGDXnOJk

“Turings Apology” touches on some consequences of the lack objectivity in law
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGj5749Ks64

“The Concept of Law” examines what we mean by law
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_R5_EefMhQ

See also:

Mike Shanklin, “In Your Anarchist Society, Who Will Make The Laws?”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7uUPDrcamE

Ancient Ireland’s success with the free market and a stateless society
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su9OqvBbSD0

A page about The Brehon Laws
http://www.alia.ie/tirnanog/sochis/iv.html

A Smaller Social History of Ancient Ireland
http://ia600406.us.archive.org/12/items/smallersocialhis00joycuoft/smallersocialhis00joycuoft.pdf

The Concept of Law

Once again I dig into ideas about law, that’s what politics is about, or is it?

As I will show, the legal system is actually a system for granting and enforcing privilege. The states legal system has never enforced law.

Empire Law

In this program I go back in history to discover why we have no objective definition of crime.

Governments in many countries originate from military dictatorships, in others newer states that arose were modeled on established states. This has resulted in legal systems with a double tradition, one in common law and one in martial law.

*When I say these societies were “egalitarian”, this is meant only with respect to whom the law applied. Their “kings” were not above the law as they are in other legal systems where, for example, legal privilege such as “crown immunity” occurs.

Some of my previous programs deal with these topics separately:

“Anarchy? What Happens?” talks about common law traditions
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2Ne_c6Oe-g

“Breaking The Corporate Matrix” links together various threads of the state
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9-iGDXnOJk

“Turings Apology” touches on some consequences of the lack objectivity in law
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGj5749Ks64

“The Concept of Law” examines what we mean by law
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_R5_EefMhQ

See also:

Mike Shanklin, “In Your Anarchist Society, Who Will Make The Laws?”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7uUPDrcamE

A moving compilation by Mike Shanklin, “Freedom Rising”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNRN7oPb5aA

Ancient Ireland’s success with the free market and a stateless society
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su9OqvBbSD0

A page about The Brehon Laws
http://www.alia.ie/tirnanog/sochis/iv.html
You will see that these Celtic tribal societies had private property, although much was also held in common and that they had a hierarchical society with Kings and chieftains. Although these upper classes enjoyed (and abused) many privileges, “making law” was not one of them. Where money was owed to them, it was in the form of rent and not as “tax”. Government as a corporate legal fiction with sovereign immunity did not exist and therefore they had no state. These are not mere semantic distinctions, rulers such as we know them did not exist.