The Golden Rule may be the most basic moral approach to dealing with others. It seems universal across cultures and religions. The Golden Rule is instinctive. We all know it, even as children without education.
**The following essay was written by Devon Brewer. “Rediscovering the Golden Rule” was originally published on Voluntaryist.com and is reprinted here on Bitcoin.com for historical preservation. Moreover, Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin technology is based on the voluntary consent of free-market participants and the Non-Aggression Principle is very much aligned with Nakamoto’s great invention. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any opinions, content, accuracy or quality within the historical editorial.**
I like the negative form of the Golden Rule the best. One of the earliest written versions comes from ancient Egypt: “That which you hate to be done to you, do not do to another.” By definition, politics and government violate this rule. Through government, some people make other people do something (or not do something) against their will, even when no one would be harmed if government didn’t get involved. I believe voluntaryism, at its heart, is the Golden Rule.
I was politically active most of my life. I followed political news closely, argued with others about politics, voted in every possible election I could, and gave small amounts of money to a few political campaigns. My political views shifted over time, eventually crossing most of the political spectrum.
Somehow, whenever we participate in politics, regardless of viewpoint, we forget the Golden Rule. Political advocates, civic leaders, and school curricula make political participation seem righteous and noble. We make excuses for our political involvement,