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Require All New Laws to pass the Liberty Test

Comment 6th August 2010

Any criminalisation of any action should be required to fall under one of the following four categories:

  1. Infringement upon another person or company
  2. Infringement upon another person or company's land
  3. Infringement upon another person or company's property
  4. Infringement upon another person or company's privacy (this would cover slander, libel etc as well as copyright infringements)

Why does this matter?

This test would require that all laws passed must criminalise only things which are harmful to external bodies, instead of criminalising things which can only harm one's self (drugs, driving without a seatbelt) or harm nobody (censorship laws, restrictions upon freedom of speech).

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