Re: Property

Samael (
Tue, 15 Dec 1998 09:28:48 -0000

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From: <> To: <> Date: 14 December 1998 18:29
Subject: Re: Property

>"Samael" <> writes:
><<<- -----Original Message-----
>From: <>
>To: <>
>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) is theft. An unowned resource is available for the use of anyone. One
>it is claimed nobody else may use it. Obviously theft.
>Therefore, by your own definition, all property is theft.
>As I've pointed out already, you're contradicting yourself. There can't be
>theft where there is no property.
>Why, precisely, do you think it's wrong to appropriate an unowned resource?
>Who's being wronged, and exactly how? Please avoid nebulous references to
>"the people" or the "common good"; I don't speak that language. We exist as
>individuals, not as some mystical collective entity.

Where I say 'anyone' I don't mean 'the people', I mean "each and every individual".