The three-part Canton Nation oath is meant to provide a basis for a common law. In it, the rights of life, liberty, and property are identified as being essential to a peaceful human society, and the solidarity of the members of that society is also a necessary requirement. The oath also provides the basis for the unity of all members of the Canton Nation, just as the cantons allow for differences to be acknowledged.
- I recognize the rights of every human to life, liberty, and property.
- I will not aggress against the life, liberty, or property of any human.
- I will stand with others to defend the rights of life, liberty, and property for every human.
In the first part of the oath, the taker acknowledges the rights granted to all humans by virtue of their human nature.
In the second part of the oath, the taker takes responsibility for their actions.
The third part of the oath affirms the role of solidarity.
Liberty is defined as the ability of the individual to act according to their conscience, without aggression, in the fullness of human dignity. One person’s liberty cannot infringe on the liberty of another.
Property refers to any material object (land included) that is exchanged between individuals freely and without deception. Ownership rights vary a great deal with the type of property. Full ownership of something implies the right to destroy the object. We are full owners (by this definition) of only the most ephemeral goods. The transfer of ownership is, in all cases, a transfer of rights with regard to something.