Re: Property [was Re: The Education Function]

Michael Lorrey (
Mon, 14 Dec 1998 11:18:19 -0500

Samael wrote:

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> Date: 11 December 1998 17:50
> Subject: Property [was Re: The Education Function]
> >I think most people understand the idea of property as involving the right
> >to exclusive control over the use or disposition of an item, acquired
> >either by
> 1) extracting an unowned resource or by
> 2) legitimate (i.e. uncoerced) transfer from someone who previously owned
> >
> >What exactly is your objection to property as usually defined?
> If you trace back (2) through its chain of ownership, you end up back at
> (1).
> (1) is theft. An unowned resource is available for the use of anyone.
> it is claimed nobody else may use it. Obviously theft.

No not obviously theft. If an unowned resource is unclaimed, then it is unutilized, it is abandoned. If the original claimant is a government which is your representative, then when the government sells it nothing has been stolen from you. This is really a rather simple concept. If you are unable or unwilling to grasp it then I suggest you see a shrink.

Mike Lorrey