Re: Property

Michael Lorrey (
Tue, 15 Dec 1998 13:28:49 -0500

Samael wrote:

> -----Original Message-----
> From: <>
> To: <>
> Date: 14 December 1998 18:29
> Subject: Re: Property
> >"Samael" <> has a problem with semantics:
> >
> >>An object starts off as unowned. Everyone could use it. Then somneone
> >>comes along and claims it. Now only they can use it. How is this not
> >>theft?
> >
> >It can't be theft because the idea of theft presupposes the idea of
> >property: specifically, it is the wrongful taking of someone else's
> >property. Where there's no property, there can't be theft.
> If everyone has access to something, it 'belongs' to all of them, yes?
> Maybe I'm stretching the word belongs a little bit there, but I presume you
> can see what I'm trying to say.

You are contradicting yourself though. You say there is no such thing as property, yet you say that things belong to everyone. If something belongs to everyone then something is the PROPERTY of everyone. If everyone decides that someone can use something better than everyone or just anyone, then everyone will sell somthing to someone for some price which both everyone and someone finds agreeable, so that everyone can still enjoy some benefit from something. That something now is the property of someone and hasn't been stolen from everyone or anyone, because since anyone is just a part of everyone, and everyone agreed to sell somthing, then something wasn't stolen from anyone, was it? So therefore, property is not theft.

Mike Lorrey