Friday, 26 July 2013

My 2012 questions answered in 2013

I feel that I have answered for myself the questions which had bugged me about NAP. I still have curiosity about NAP though. Here are the questions replayed + my answers. This is the summary of the NAP wisdom I gained in the last year :-)

Q1. In what sense is NAP a 'principle'? What happens if you break it? What happens if you follow it?

NAP is more of a strategy than a principle (see NAP is one of many strategiesShort-range NAP for individuals). However, if you break it, someone somewhere will surely suffer. Maybe even you (see NAP and childrenTwo bad policemenA silicone factory in Shenzhen, China).

Q2. In what situations (if any) is it worth to or ethical to breach NAP?

The answer depends on the moral standard. But if your standard is getting your life needs met, which is a sensible standard for an organism, then it may be worth breaking NAP skilfully when you face scarcity. This is perhaps a sad conclusion (see A counter example for NAP).

Q3. How to respond to people violating NAP?

From best method to worst: avoid, run, finally deescalate or fight (see Defence against violenceFinal word on emotional self-defenceHandling verbal abuseNon-violent non-cooperation for a stateless societyMy own Bill of Rights).

Q4. What other ethical principles are natural extensions of NAP?

Verbal NAP (see Does NAP apply to language?Verbal warning signalsCab con), skillful deescalation of violence (see Defence against violence) and intimacy (see Beyond NAP: intimacy).

Q5. How to precisely define violence? Is violence just one thing or is it many different things?

I like this definition: violence is any unwanted interaction.

Q6. How does NAP spread?

Parenting, non-cooperation, propaganda (see NAP and childrenCreating new social norms on a Victoria trainNon-violent non-cooperation for a stateless societyTaxation-is-Theft-Notes). And building new and better social networks (see Building voluntary social networksWhat I want from the movementBook review: Radical HonestyHow to change things).

Q7. Is the state just one thing or is it many different things?

It is many different things (see Which type of violence is the state?).

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