What is the connection between morality and law?

The Nuremberg Principle
The Nuremberg Principle applies to crimes large and small

The Nuremberg Trials established that . . .

  • Legislation is not the same as law
  • Legislation must be moral to be lawful
  • “Government” actions that violate moral rules are criminal

This applies not only to the large crimes committed by villains like the Nazis, but also to the smaller crimes committed by your own “government.”

Whenever “the government” threatens or initiates force against innocent people, it violates the moral law, no matter what the legislative “law” may say. To show empathy for the victims of this criminality, start applying the Nuremberg Principle where you live.

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Jim Babka

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Jim Babka

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Jim Babka is co-founder of the Zero Aggression Project and President of DownsizeDC.org, Inc. He’s an author and former talk show host.
Previously, he was the President of RealCampaignReform.org, Inc., defending free press rights all the way to the Supreme Court. He and Susie are the proud, home-schooling parents of three teenagers. He enjoys theology, UFC, target practice, and Tai Chi.

Perry Willis

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Perry Willis is the co-founder of the Zero Aggression Project and Downsize DC. He was the National Director of the Libertarian National Committee on two occasions, and ran two Libertarian Party presidential campaigns. He has an extensive background in marketing and fundraising, and has ghost written direct mail appeals for numerous luminaries, including Karl Hess, Ron Paul, Charlton Heston and Harry Browne.

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  1. Can criminal government be government? Or is this an oxymoron? Doesn’t any organization that claims to govern need to be moral? Isn’t that the message of the Nuremberg Principle, i.e., that governments are not above morality, not sovereign, not immune from judgement? Don’t we consider any immoral organization that pretends to govern, the state?

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