Slander And Calumny Violate Property Rights.
Elizabeth had been working diligently at her job for about ten months. It was her second ‘real’ job and she was gaining new skills and confidence. Ostensibly it was her political views, but other factors like envy and jealousy made her subject to slander and calumny with the goal being to prevent her from being given more responsibility at the workplace. If we assume that Elizabeth is being misrepresented most people would think that she should have a way to protect her reputation.
There is an identity within the divine economy theory that strongly anchors human rights to each individual. That identity is “human rights are property rights and property rights are human rights.”
We are living in the Dark Ages of economics and one of the evidences of that is the weakening of property rights and therefore human rights. With the predominance of the ideology of statism around the world all property rights are subject to the whims of those who use the State to achieve their goals.
This is why property rights are always dwindling rather than being refined and further refined so that they can become more and more useful and powerful. The weakening of understanding of property rights has many far-reaching consequences, one being the weakening of human rights.
When people see the world through the colored lens of the ideology of statism they confuse human rights so much that they actually turn towards the violator of property rights/human rights as the arbiter. Under these circumstances property rights/human rights are politicized, in other words, there will not be justice.
Punishing slander and calumny is a function of a system of justice. I am not saying that the system of justice that most depend upon in the United States is “functional” but rather that if that is the ends sought (Punishing slander and calumny is a function of a system of justice.) then pursuit within society needs to be towards finding the best means.
It is not difficult to imagine a system of justice that would prevent all such fraud but that system will not be a State-controlled monopoly. There will have to be at least some other alternatives available.
We are back to the example of slander and calumny. Damages have occurred as a result of the slander and calumny. Those who deliberately damage the property rights/human rights of another must realize that there are negative consequences for such ill deeds.
In the short term probably the best means to secure justice is to defend oneself with facts, appeal to the decency of the righteous, counter to the best of one’s ability the propagandistic nature of calumny, and seek justice through a civil trial by a jury of peers.
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