Over a glass of wine, at a local, I asked some bright college quaffers: “how many institutions are there?” Both responded “too many to count.” Not a good answer. There are 5 basic and 3 ensuit Institutions. Sad to say, in all fairness, most people do not know what an Institution is or how many there are. The Institutions are: Education, Government, Religion, Parentage, Economics, with secondary Art and Recreation, and tertiary Amelioration.
An Institution is an established way of the group, or group-way. A group is 9 or more homo-sapiens. Less is a gathering. For an example, Ohio State University is a facility for the institution of Education. The professors are the messengers for the Institution of Education. Institutions are the group behavioral pillars -essential components- of every successful society.
Keeping the fore mentioned in mind there are three types of laws: thought-a conclusion from thinking-, interpersonal, and group.
A thought law tells you what to think. The Flag Bill was an attempt to pass a thought law. The authors said the flag was a sacred symbol. To say something is symbolic can only come from a conclusion of thinking. A flag is a piece of cloth dyed a certain way to identify an object. Why pass a law against burning a piece of cloth? To legislate a person’s or persons’ concluded thought on another person is wrong.
Individual behavior laws, social-psychological laws, are those that tell one individual what they can and cannot do to themselves, or with another consenting person. Some examples of individual laws: dress code, diet restrictions, sex, marriage, greetings, etc… There should never be written rules for social-psychological behavior. If a person’s individual behavior is abhorrent to another it is stopped by that other person or persons. If an individual’s behavior is not group-way disruptive, anything goes.
Group-way laws, Sociological laws, effects institutions therefore are legitimate laws. Some examples: immigration, voting, gun, child rearing, traffic, murder, workplace harassment, etc...
The test for a legitimate law is to ask the basic question: “Does the proposed law benefit society or does it restrict the individual (discriminatory)?” Good laws respect the right of individuals to self determination and choice. Marriage is an individual social-psychological event. It is just a ceremony. It has no behavioral consequence on the group what so ever. There is no need for marriage laws, for or against. A civil union contract, sometimes wrongly called a marriage license, is a sociological event therefore laws are needed. Abortion is a social-psychological event. There never should have been a law against it. But there was. So, in this case, to rectify the unnecessary law an individual law was needed.
Let’s examine sexual harassment as another example of a not needed or needed law. A woman can be treated piggish by some slime bucket at a public bar. She tells the guy to bugger off, or maybe the bartender throws him out or maybe she just leaves. No harm to society, the group is unaffected. We don’t need laws for saloon meet-and-greet. But the same piggishness in the work environment affects the group-way, thus we need appropriate laws.
In a just world laws would never be passed for individual behavior. Allowing a group-way would also be unnecessary, unless the group shrinks but, that is another discussion. Those behaviors would never have been taken away in the first place.
In this essay I cursorily introduced some categories of behavior and cryptically explained some parts. Here is the bottom line. Any dolt knows you can’t legislate beliefs. Individual freedom is a right and should never be restricted. The only legitimate laws are restricting a group-way. I hope this helps when next deciding how to vote on an issue or a candidate.