The matter of property that accompanies the allocations and apportionments of justice are governed by values of decency as well as by values of merit and deservedness.
- Decency is defined as the contribution to the collective.
- Decency is demanded by the collective and its fulfillment is an indicator either of membership in the collective or of a desire on the part of a stranger to reside next to or in the collective in peace.
- Decency is the token and the measure of the regard we pay to our peers.
- Decency is the ur-value that manifests sometimes as the impulse to equality.
- Equality before the law is a token of common membership in that legal system which defines the society.
- Equality before the law is a choq.
- Decency in the treatment of each member of a collective is a token of the recognition of each member as member and of each peace-loving stranger as potentially either a charge of the God of fortune, and so entitled to the basic needs for survival, or as a representative of another collective which shares in God's bounty at the collective level.
- Decency regulates the qualifying of persons or collectives to engage in trade and inter-marriage. It establishes the first condition of intercourse: do we want to do business with you.