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Trust is the willingness to put oneself at risk. However it is obvious that where risk is great the degree of trust must of necessity be small. Trust is generally not without substance. Miriam-Webster defines trust as:

  • belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc.

  • an arrangement in which someone's property or money is legally held or managed by someone else or by an organization (such as a bank) for usually a set period of time 

  • an organization that results from the creation of a trust

Trust is based on experience or knowledge of the person or organization or a fiduciary bond or a legal agreement that creates a mutual obligation. So trust is never without some means of manageing risk. In fact as ones ability to manage the risk one confronts trust has to decline.

Churches are Trusts in that they are organizations built on trust and that represent trust. A church is a set of assets and obligations held in common based on the trust members have in each other and God. The church exists to the degree that trust exists in God and in the members trust of one another.

A church and Exchange have much in common. Anarchist Exchanges are about managing risk and increasing trust. They do this by he Union Movement is about Union Ownership of the means of production and over the institutions of culture. The union movement is about the unions right to control the levers of government because it is labour that is the source of all wealth. We Believe The Union Movement is the besst expression of The Golden Rule. To do unto others as we would have them do unto us is the motto of unionism. Rational Exchange believes The Golden Rule is a meta-constitution or Universal Governing Rule that applies to all persons in all times and all places. There are no exceptions but the world does not live in accordance to The Golden Rule and this we believe contravenes our human rights. Human rights we believe extend from and are particular expressions of The Golden Rule. The Golden Rule encompasses all human rights and is a more pure expression of these rights. Rational Exchange believes we have a right and indeed moral obligation to live under and by The Golden Rule. On this is founded the principles and practices of The Union Movement.

The Union Movement believes in the Rights of Labour and that these are encompassed by an expressed by The Golden Rule. The Principle of Labour Rights states all persons in all times and in all locations regardless of position, race, status, sex, religious affiliation, or political connections have a right to live under and within and accordance to The Golden Rule.

All persons have a right and obligation to do unto others as he or she would have done unto them this eliminates the obligation to follow orders that would not be considered just if such actions were reciprocated.

Actions must be consistent with The Golden Rule.

This is our Golden Right and the foundational belief of The Union Movement.

If an order is issued that would have us act in a way we would not wish to be acted upon and that which offends our sense of justice it is our right and obligation to refuse. We must remember there is no simple answer based on a single focus. Justice is not just about justice for the accused but also justice for the victims of injustice. To do unto others is not just relavant for how we treat the accussed but how we treat the victim in accomplishing justice.

 Moral Order tells us there are but two ways to go in this world, two choices we can make, one is the right choice the other is the wrong choice. It does not matter which wrong choice one makes because obviously there will always be more wrong choices than there are right ones because a wrong choice is a wrong choice. The Golden Rule tells us there is only one right choice in any given situation. Unless we wish to postulate a general disinterest in how we are to be treated. Now we all know situations change and no situation is quite the same as any other situation, where the actors are the same time and context differs, if the context is the same and the time the same then the people involved have changed. No two situations are the same so there is no set right answers and what might be right in one era or time and for one person or place is not right in other times and places and for other people. What this means is that ethical rules are not reliable. What you figure out works for you will not always work and will rarely work for other people with other experiences and in other contexts. So the idea of ethics as a set of rules one can implement is morally suspect. If ethics does not sit on a firm moral foundation then it is also true to say that our entire legal system is morally invalidated.

The Golden Rule divorces morality from Cartesian reality.

Morality is no longer enshrined in or extrapolated from ethical law but from meta-law specifically the meta-legal formulation of The Golden Rule.

Morality is generally considered to be a philosophical presentation of the principles governing right and wrong whereas ethics is specific applications as eg in business ethics. Meta Ethics or Meta-Rights is an overarching principle governing the deduction of moral principles and therefore the ideas that govern the formation of ethical law. The Moral Right is a meta right because it is absolute and universal and stems from the meta ethics of The Golden Rule.

To do unto others as one would have them do unto you requires a customized response similar to the one you yourself would wish for as an individual. It also suggests an economic parallel in the sense that one would want a correspondingly similar response.

To do unto others becomes a moral imperative because anything less is by definition immoral and unethical and potentially illegal. As we shall see it is also economically irrational. To do less than what one would wish done to one creates an economic condition known as risk and this is never economically productive.



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