Personal Responsibility

The inalienability of personal responsibility is the foundation of the abolitionist argument from which all else follows. If one believes in the principle of personal responsibility the rest can be deduced in a straightforward manner. The basic idea is that responsibility for a person’ actions cannot be transferred to another party. This distinguishes humans who have personal responsibility for their actions from things which don’t. The responsibility for the action of things are imputed to their human user. To transfer responsibility from a person would be to make them less than human. The legal system clearly recognized this principle in the prosecution of crimes. All participants in a crime are held responsible. The law does not excuse a hired criminal because they were following orders. Hiring contracts cannot negate responsibility for participating in a crime because a human cannot alienate control of their actions, at best they can choose to cooperate. The inalienability of responsibility for ones actions does not disappear when a crime is not being committed. It holds in all cases where human action is involved. In particular it applies to productive labor. However, the legal system pretends otherwise when production is involved. It allows financial responsibility for profits or losses resulting from labor to be contractually transferred violating a principle it readily acknowledges in the commission of a crime. It is a massive institutional fraud on par with the judicial support of slavery. With regard to human rentals the fraud is much more extensive, being truly global in scope.

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