Re: Who owns you?

Eric Watt Forste (
Tue, 08 Jul 1997 14:33:20 -0700

Hagbard Celine writes:
> And unfortunately, once you sign the contract, you no longer own
> yourself entirely.

To make a promise is to voluntarily restrict one's future actions. But
there's nothing about making promises that violates one's own self-
ownership. (Heck, one could even posit that a defining characteristic
of self-ownership is the ability to make promises, because those who
do not own themselves simply cannot make promises... they might be able
to mouth them, but they cannot make them.)

> ...other than a social contract. People disagree as to the scope and
> extent of this contract, but I'm the only one that seems to think
> that this is government any way you slice it.

So have you gotten around to reading Friedman's The Machinery of Freedom,
Benson's The Enterprise of Law, or Tom Morrow's essay presented at Extro-1
(now available on the web) yet? The existence of these works is the primary
reason why no one on the list has yet bothered to explain to you in
intricate detail why they disagree with you about this.

Eric Watt Forste ++ ++ expectation foils perception -pcd