1. arbitrary 2. explicit 3. confident; assured 4. affirmative 5. indicating progress 6. constructive; 7. absolute; 8. real 9. based on facts 10. empirical; practical.
The above definitions and synonyms are excerpted from my dictionary.
In Scientology we have a thing called a positive postulate. It is a decision to act or to be or to have that admits no thought or concern for failure. In the context of the real world, it is difficult to make a positive postulate, unless one is confident that no one would be harmed should the postulate come true.
This describes a rule made simply because the maker of the rule thinks he would benefit from having it enforced. The implied intention is that the rule will be enforced with physical force, if necessary.
If you get a picture of a king sitting on a throne somewhere who likes pancakes and thus has a law requiring that the people of his kingdom supply him with lots of pancakes, then you have some picture of the context in which positive law “makes sense.”
It doesn’t have to make any real sense. It depends solely on the rule-maker’s ability to enforce it.
Life down through the ages
When one studies the history of Europe (which I have not done that much of), one is immediately impressed by the difficulty groups seemed to have is keeping things peaceful enough to make some kind of progress.
In the not-too-recent past, Europe has had to deal with climate conditions that left people there without a balanced supply of the basics of life. One solution to this was to establish trade, usually with people living further south. The other solution to this was to ride out on horses, armed with swords, and pillage.
Understandably, the traders did not appreciate the robbers, though the robbers rather depended on the traders.
What was worked out, as best I can tell, was for the traders to “employ” the robbers to “protect” their trade routes. This left those neither traders nor robbers holding the short end of the stick. However, this system seems to be the basis for a tradition known today as “Merchant Law” which is a form of positive law.
The “rest of us,” understandably, did not feel well-served by Merchant Law, nor by its close ally, Admiralty Law.
One attempt to buffer the population from the world of constant warfare was common law. This is a general name for the legal customs of various nations that were used in the conduct of ordinary life.
Back then, ordinary life was not very commercial. You could often pay rent in the form of goods, and barter was also common.
But we see the merchants, along with their robber friends, work to gradually infiltrate commerce into culture, and make it seem like the “modern” thing to do.
Thus, more and more, our Common Law was replaced by various national flavors of Merchant Law. What this resulted in, basically, was to legalize activities that, under common law, would be seen as illegal.
Today, crime is basically legal, as long as you have the guns (read government) on your side.
As this is essentially a predatory system, and thus not sustainable, we are beginning to tire of its ever-increasing burdens.
Many groups have arisen to expose and oppose this system, and David has been writing about some of their activities, ideas, and plans.
The robbers and the merchants
The keener among us have noticed that while we could do without robbers, we would have trouble doing without merchants. We see our main job as separating these two from each other, and giving the more positive group sufficient education so that they will choose better ways, in the future, to afford their activities protection.
The robbers, though few in number, have shown themselves so willing to violate “God’s” laws that they are widely feared. What we need to deal with them is a way to disable them without compromising our own moral integrity. If the only way to stop a robber is to become one, then we might as well bow our heads and submit to their will.
What I very much hope is true, and what seems to be the case, is that it is possible to win the “guns” over, thus depriving the “robbers” of their firepower. The key to this is to render the lies they have used to gain the cooperation of fighters powerless. This is tricky. The key to it is education of the fighters, and providing them with ever broader and more constructive “fights” in which they can invest their aggressive (even destructive) energies. To fight must remain an honorable thing. It is the enemy that must change.
The true deceivers can, for now, only be handled by physically containing them. It is hoped that at some distant date they may be cured of their deceptive approach to life. Some may choose to commit suicide should they be found out, but this is not a permanent solution.
Jargon and Minutiae
Most attempts I have found on the web to explain this situation are confounded by their use of arcane legal terminology and details. This approach is not suitable for a more general understanding of the situation. Many of these researchers seem to have the attitude that “if I had to suffer in order to obtain and understand this data, so should you!” I hope I do not fall into this same trap.
It is interesting to become an “expert,” learn all the technical words, and make a bit of a spectacle of oneself. But that will not get the job done quickly enough. I think David and those working with him are assisting in this work with some skill, considering none of them are trained in LRH Study Tech. I wish I myself could do more, and hope someday that I will be able to.