I have formed a philosophy I call Behavioral Ethics which merges the behavior sciences with ethics. I've written it down as a preliminary manifesto. See Dave Jersey (2015c, section one). If there is solid interest in the idea, I would like to jump start an international Facebook group called Occupy Punishment-Run-Amok Happily (OPRAH, which means fawn, young deer, in Hebrew).
OPRAH will advocate positive reinforcement of ethical behavior and oppose coercive forms of punishment, including the technologies and methods of the nuclear weapons and the prisons-for-profit industries. It would target businesses with BUYcotts for good causes and politicians with populace-driven bulk internet messages and petitions soon after they did the right thing, which activists have done a bit, but not enough. Positive picketing and peaceful assemblies of thanks would bring media attention to so-called "well-behaved leaders." OPRAH membership would decide as a team what how to define “doing the right thing." This would encompass any activity, law, or policy that does not involve coercion as either a means or an ends.
Financial reparations dollar per dollar of damage done by a guilty party would not be out of the question, as long as said payments were not physically enforced by potential jail sentences. Judges could simply seize the money from the bank accounts of offending parties, whether they liked it or not.
Its first objective would be to help the disabled and parent advocates to finally #CloseTheJRC, the Judge Rotenberg Center, which is probably the worst Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) institution in the USA. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a profession filled with behavior modification scientists and "therapists" who use punishment as its ultimate method of control to allegedly and typically "solve the socially-important behavior problems" of people with less power, especially autistic children as young as one-year-old toddlers.
JRC uses extremely painful electric skin shock contingent upon noncompliance (a step up and out of a seat without permission), self-injury (a pop of one’s own pimple), aggression (a staff provoked so-called “problem behavior” such as defending one’s self from a JRC assault), and classroom disturbance (a shout out loud to one of Director Glenda Crookes' teachers by saying, “Leave my poor mate alone!”) in order "to teach its students" to submit to its cruel, unusual, and unreasonable authority. Retrieve Israel (2009) by entering "event #403" and see Davies (2014) and Dave Jersey (2015). The United Nations calls JRC a place of "torture." See Méndez (2013, p. 84-85).
Equally as badly behaved as JRC's staff and Board of Directors are the old-guard and current leaders of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). ABAI is a network of well over 10,000 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) professionals and Facebook group users which officially “approves” the JRC.
To get going, we will use electronic media to meet with internet users from all over the World Wide Web. We'll also invite visitors and locals to and from the Jersey Shore area to attend in-person meetings near my home. Other OPRAH groups can meet anywhere else. OPRAH's members should determine our self-governing methods. I would prefer that fundamental decisions be made by universal consensus or by super-majorities, but that isn't written in stone. The USA Senate is ruled by a sixty percent majority. OPRAH could nurture its own candidates for office and leaders of businesses, organizations, and places of worship. We would start as an informal network and grow "straight on to forge ahead...rolling along, doubling the money... all the way up to the Ralph Kramden $99,000 Honeymooners answer" and become a non-profit organization with a board of directors, an executive director, and a paid staff. We could ultimately become an international Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). All kidding aside, however, let's go just one step at a time, of course, and simply see how it goes in the Facebook group before we barge out of the starting blocks too fast and run out of steam.