The original social contract which was prepared by political philosophers like Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and, especially, Jean Jacques Rousseau has expired. 300 years history of the world has proved that that contract hasn’t worked. It has failed. That contract was designed to bring the institution of Leviathan i.e., the State into existence so that its negative power can protect us from harming each other. But instead of doing that original work, state has done exactly the opposite i.e., it has robbed and killed us and put our lives in grave dangers. That contract was also designed to limit the powers of the state so that it doesn’t start to harm us, but that is exactly what has happened. Instead of keeping to its minimum role of protecting our life, liberty and property, the state has expanded its tentacles everywhere in our lives. Our minutes of lives are now being ruled and controlled by the state. This is why the time for framing a new social contract has arrived. In this essay I offer a New Social Contract to be signed by the free people of the world with their respective state governments. Here it is.
We the free People of the world sign this contract with our respective states that we don’t need you to produce Justice, Peace, Common Defense, we don’t need you to provide for general welfare and we don’t need you to secure Liberty either for us or for our posterity. We do not need your legislation. We do not want anything from you. You exit from our lives and leave us alone free to organize our societies privately. We will take care of ourselves. We will privately produce Justice, Peace and Prosperity. We will privately provide for our defense. Our private competing justice system will make sure that Liberty of everyone is protected. Our private enterprise system will produce enough surplus wealth so we will take care of our poor and needy via private charity without robbing, i.e., taxation, anyone’s hard earned income. All in all, we will handle all our affairs privately using the system of competitive free markets.
During the transition period we will make temporary arrangements for your livelihood until the time all state officials learn new skills and find a productive job in the private sector. You all will join the private law society.
I know many will call this idea utopian, but then I want to remind everyone that the original social contract was actually a true utopia where we give monopoly of power in the hands of few people and then expect them to protect us! This new contract is much more closer to reality than the original one. Here there is no monopoly of power. The only difficulty is how to implement it. But then many ideas which once looked impossible in the past did become a reality today. It is up to the freedom loving people of this world to make this new social contract a reality.