!- At one time money was backed by gold, it was not fiat money and symbolized unconsumed goods and stored productivity. It was a safe store for value. The value of things cumulative to and corollary to the ultimate value, YOUR LIFE (without which no other values are discernible to you.) The Bill of Rights and the Writ of Habeas Corpus were held in high esteem, the U.S. Constitution would never have been ratified but for these caveats in LAW, these parameters designed to protect the individual. These "impediments" to your "Humanist Kantian Philosophy" are still in force where intelligent minds have rejected Kant's Categorical Imperative which states "The only moral act a man (woman, child) can achieve is one which all men would agree is a moral act; that is, one which is not self serving". This idea makes a mockery of human effort and would reward you with a judgment of "Good Moral Conduct" when you rescued the child of a perfect stranger instead of your own. You could never select the value of your own child over that of a stranger's if you want Kant's "moral approval" because "all men would NOT agree that rescuing or even nurturing your own child had moral import".