Understanding Natural Law vs Artificial Rules

Define your terms, you will permit me again to say, or we shall never understand one another… ~ Voltaire

In order to maintain the “illusion of justice”, the so-called “courts” do place merit on definitions; if you do not supply definitions to what you are saying, “the court” most certainly will, and those definitions will most assuredly NOT be to your benefit[1].

In your ‘natural state’ you are a ‘sovereign without subjects’, subject only to the law of nature[2]…

“The natural liberty[3] of man[4] is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule.” ~ Samuel Adams

…UNLESS, of course, you have trespassed on some one else’s natural rights[5], or have given your consent[6], express, implied, or tacit[7], to be governed by another, or others, in exchange for legal benefits and franchises. The most pronounced among these “benefits” is protection of your “rights”[8].

“To find out about natural persons[9], go live among them; to find out about citizens, consult a lawyer! Obvious as this may be, confusion about the categories of natural and of artificial persons is rife.” ~ Frank Van Dun, Ph.D., Dr.Jur. – Senior lecturer Philosophy of Law
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DEFINITIONS & CITES

[1] “…through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you…”

[2] “Natural law is that body of rules which Man is able to discover by the use of his reason.” ~ Hugo Grotius

“The natural law is defined by Burlamaqui to be “a rule which so necessarily agrees with the nature and state of man that, without observing its maxims, the peace and happiness of society can never be preserved.” And he says “that these are called “natural laws” because a knowledge of them may be attained merely by the light of reason, from the fact of their essential agreeableness with the constitution of human nature…” ~ A Dictionary of the Law (Black’s 1st c. 1891), page 694

“There is in fact a true law – namely, right reason – which is in accordance with nature, applies to all men, and is unchangeable and eternal.” ~ Cicero

Law of nature, is a rule of conduct arising out of the natural relations of human beings established by the Creator, and existing prior to any positive precept. Thus it is a law of nature, that one man should not injure another, and murder and fraud would be crimes, independent of any prohibition from a supreme power. ~ Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language

“The law of nature is superior in obligation to any other. It is binding in all countries and at all times. No human laws are valid if opposed to this, and all which are binding derive their authority either directly or indirectly from it.” ~ Institutes of American Law by John Bouvier, 1851, Part I, Title II, No. 9

[3] Natural liberty is the right which nature gives to all mankind of disposing of their persons and property after the manner they judge most consistent with their happiness, on condition of their acting within the limits of the law of nature, and so as not to interfere with an equal exercise of the same rights by other men. Burlamaqui, c. 3, § 15; 1 Bl. Comm. 125 ~ A Dictionary of the Law (Black’s 1st c. 1891), pg. 716

“Natural liberty, consists in the power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, EXCEPT FROM THE LAWS OF NATURE. It is a state of exemption from the control of others, and from positive laws and the institutions of social life.” ~ Noah Webster

This liberty is abridged by voluntarily submitting one’s self to the dominion of a government not founded on the Law of Nature.

[4] Once someone consents to be governed he is, technically, no longer a “man” [human], but is now considered a “person”.

Homo vocabulum est naturae; persona juris civilis. Man (homo) is a term of nature; person (persona) of civil law. ~ Black’s Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1990), page 736

[5] TRES’PASS, n. In law, violation of another’s rights… ~ Noah Webster

FOR’FEITURE, n. …the losing of some right [just claim]…by an offense, crime, breach of condition or other act. ~ Noah Webster

[6] Consensus facit legem. Consent makes the law. ~ Bouvier’s 1856 Law Dictionary, page 1638; Black’s Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1990), page 305)

[7] Tacit consent is consent by silence, or not interposing an objection [rebuttal]. So we say, a tacit agreement or covenant of men to live under a particular government, when no objection or opposition [rebuttal] is made; a tacit surrender of a part of our natural rights… ~ Noah Webster

[8] Protectio trahit subjectionem, subjectio projectionem. Protection draws to it subjection, subjection, protection. The protection of an individual by government is on condition of his submission to the laws, and such submission on the other hand entitles the individual to the protection of the government. ~ Maxim of law, Black’s Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1990), page 1223

[9] NATURAL PERSONS. Such as are formed by nature, as distinguished from artificial persons, or corporations, formed by human laws for purposes of society and government. Wharton. ~ A Dictionary of the Law (Black’s 1st c. 1891), pg. 802

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  1. Reblogged this on freedomveg and commented:
    “There is in fact a true law – namely, right reason – which is in accordance with nature, applies to all men, and is unchangeable and eternal.” ~ Cicero

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