Universally Preferable Behaviour (UPB) By Stefan Molyneux


In many fairy tales, there lives a terrible beast of stupendous power, a dragon or a basilisk, which tyrannizes the surrounding lands. The local villagers tremble before this monster; they sacrifice their animals, pay money and blood in the hopes of appeasing its murderous impulses. Year after year, decade after decade, wave after wave of hopeful champions try to match their strength, virtue and cunning against this terrible tyrant. Try – and fail. Inevitably, a man steps forward who strikes everyone as utterly incongruous. He is a stable boy, a shoemaker’s son, a baker’s apprentice – or sometimes, just a vagabond. This book is the story of my personal assault on just such a beast. This “beast” is the belief that it is impossible to define an objective, rational, secular and scientific ethical system. This “beast” is the illusion that morality must forever be lost in the irrational swamps of gods and governments, forever lacking logical justification and clear definition…

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  •  Ricky Peter Newins

    We can get the oughts once we establish our goal(s)/aim(s)

    Good morning ladies and gents, I have learned from listening and reading up on Stefan Molyneux that oughts are binding on the individual according to the individual´s aim(s)/goal(s). This is why the title of his work is universally PREFERABLE behaviour. What I often say to people is that if an individual wants to achieve a goal he ought to adopt the appropriate means. Hence, it logically follows that any human being who desires to live in a peaceful and cooperative society ought to respect the non-aggression principle/harm principle i.e. he ought to respect the individual sovereignty of all other individuals. The uncritical comeback I usually get is usually down the lines of “well, there are people who don´t care for a peaceful society and irrationally think might is right” to which I reply that we do not owe such people rational discourse and debate, nor our time, that such people lower themselves to the status of mere brutes. …      

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  •  B.K. Marcus

    Universally Preferable Behaviour

    Universally Preferable Behaviour (UPB) Kick off the discussion! Questions, comments, observations or elaborations? Either reply here or create a new discussion using the tag Library_universally-preferable-behaviour

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