Andy Canfield
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Liberty is the fundamental goal of Novo Dementia.

Liberty does not mean protectionism. Novo Dementia commits itself not to pass any law to protect someone from himself. While protection may be offered to children and feeble-minded adults, such protection will not be extended to what is usually termed 'competent' adults. By 'competent' we do not mean that the adult is capable of running his life; far from it. To say such is to sit in judgement on every citizen as to whether their actions are competent or not. By 'competent' here we mean that the adult retains the authority to benefit or suffer from his own choices. Whether your choice is, in the judgement of others, to your benefit or to your harm, it is in both cases a protected liberty.

Liberty does not mean that you can do whatever you wish and be protected from the reactions of others. If someone plays his radio at three o'clock in the morning in a residential area, he is not legally protected from the enraged neighbors. Society works best when it it can carry out it's functions without reliance upon the government; the neightbors should not call the police, but should have a strong talk with the culprit.

All through history there have been those who wish to be told when to get up in the morning and when to go to bed at night. These people will not be comfortable in Novo Dementia.

Justice is the desire to inflict your pain on someone.
Equality is the desire to inflict your pain on everyone.
Liberty is the desire to inflict your pain on no one.