Introduction

Greetings, my friend, and welcome. Welcome to everyone who is willing to ask questions.

What I want to do is systematically re-examine the fundamental doctrines of law from the ground up – to ask why things are the way they are, how they got that way, and find out what the alternatives are. Specifically, I want to examine how our complex system of laws and governments might be informed by the laws of nature and nature’s God, or lonang – to find out where they converge, and where they diverge.

For the foreseeable future, it will be a work in progress. It will take a long time to go through everything that needs to be considered, and most likely to revise what was earlier written as later things are dealt with. For this I will need your help, to suggest areas which have been missed, need clarification, or require correction. So please be patient.

I am doing this task for a number of reasons. First, it is a quest for some legal constants. We are all accustomed to rapid changes in law and government brought about by legislatures or the courts. But are there no unchanging rules, or objective standards, which will be as valid in the future as they are now, or are as valid now as in the past? I would like to explore what these rules might be and see where they lead.

Second, lonang ostensibly forms the basis of all laws here in the United States, or so the Declaration of Independence indicates. Yet, there is no apparent mechanism for ensuring that any of our laws conform to that standard. In fact, it would be hard to find any legal body, public official, association of lawyers, or law school which could, apart from reciting the words of that famous document, shed any light on the specific content of lonang.

For all practical purposes, life and law go on daily without the slightest consideration of lonang, as though it is something which cannot be known, or if it can be known, is irrelevant. But permit me some further skepticism here – let’s not assume it is unknowable just because someone says so. Let’s see what the evidence shows. As to lonang’s relevance, that will be sorted out in due course.

While I will examine lonang and initially compare it with U.S. laws, this is more a choice of convenience than limitation. The various components of its laws are easy to access, they are familiar to me, and a great many subjects and variations of viewpoints are contained there. Nonetheless, I intend to make my analysis broader than U.S. law, and to consider specific examples of non-U.S. law as they are brought to my attention.

I should warn you up front that this quest will lead to some unexpected turns. I will undoubtedly reach some conclusions that you will regard as conservative, liberal, or libertarian, depending on the issue. I will not be easily tied to any familiar legal philosophy, not even natural law theory, and that suits me fine. All I want to know is, what is lawful, and what is not? We will use the evidence and reason as our guide, and see where they lead. I’m not interested in conforming to anyone else’s mold.

Consequently, I will get going and see how far we get. Whether it will ever be worth making note of, I leave you to decide.

And so it begins.

For additional preliminary considerations of an introductory nature, see the following.

Otherwise, jump to the first substantive topic, the Framework of Law