Re: Private Property and Capitalism

E. Shaun Russell (
Fri, 11 Oct 1996 22:51:57 -0700 (PDT)

On 11\10\96, Twirlip of Greymist (I think) wrote:

>> I kind of agree that "property is theft", at least I can share that
>> viewpoint.

Well, I initially intended to just read this thread, but I think
it's time for me to put my two cents in. :-) I agree with capitalistic
views; that fact probably sways what I am about to say. I don't look at
property as being actual 'ownership' only is to an extent. I see the
purchase of property the equivalent of a dog urinating around 'its'
property. Just an exchange of money (a principle based system) to show
others that it is yours to occupy. It's not as if the property itself is
going to object to someone claiming it. The term 'property is theft' is a
bit of a paradox: how can you steal something that nobody owns? When a
subsequent exchange of money occurs, it is no longer the property that is
occupied, but a principle equivalent. Not stealing, exchanging.

Ingredi Externus!

-E. Shaun Russell

E. Shaun Russell Extropian poet\musician