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Feb. 2nd, 2003

12:17 pm - Ethics of Secession

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From:auriam
Date:February 3rd, 2003 12:30 am (UTC)
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Theoretically, the idea of "owning" land or "property" is nothing more than a human thought-construct, without objective reality, and only enforced by human action. Therefore, strictly deterministically speaking, there is nothing to stop anyone from 'declaring' any piece of land to be 'owned' by anyone he/she decides should 'own' it. Events and situations have no meaning in themselves; only what we give to them. The idea of 'nation' or 'state' is nothing more than a delusion of those who believe they have power to keep others from declaring the same. Might makes right, if you even believe in 'right'.
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From:new_iconoclast
Date:February 3rd, 2003 06:14 am (UTC)

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Horsecrap. Ownership of private property is the basis of civilized society. It is properly a function both of divinely-appointed stewardship over the Earth and its contents and a basis by which individuals can meet their own material needs and contribute to the material well-being of others.

Calling the idea of nationhood a "delusion" might go over well with some postmodernist professor somewhere who thinks that Foucault once had a coherent thought, but it has little or no meaning in the real world. If it comforts you, however, more power to you.
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