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Revised 2006 05 29
|Leviticus 25, 23||The land shall not be sold for ever; for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.|
What is property? What does it mean to own property? Every man the king of his own castle: Can King Jones on Elm Street, next door to King Smith, levy taxes on the inhabitants of his 100 x 70? Can any entity levy taxes on King Jones? Can the city of Brushmill tax King Jones? Can the county of Brushmill condemn King Jones lot? Can the state coerce King Jones to sell it so the state can build a highway? Can the US just take it, claiming some emergency? Can whoever the latest international bad guys are just take it without explanation, payment, or apology? If so, what does it mean that King Jones owns it? Does it mean anything more than that there are still more taxes for him to pay to the state? If King Jones refuses to or can’t pay such taxes, then who owns his lot?
King Jones likes to joke that actually the owner is “me and the bank.” King Jones aside, does the bank really own it? Can the state take it from the bank? Who can take it from the state?
Who owns it after it’s under two feet of sea water once the ice caps melt?
|How can the concept of property possibly be legitimate when the whole game started on stolen ground?|
revising, bumpy temporarily
There are people who believe passionately in property. There are people who believe militaristically in property. And (as always) there are people with elaborate thought systems to bolster their beliefs.
No thought system is well-enough thought out to justly displace other thought systems. The best thinkers are modest in their claims, however rhetorical they may wax on occasion. The idea of property rubs me the wrong way, always has, and I make no bones about it. I propose this for those who disagree:
If you own property — I don’t mean a toothbrush, I don’t mean a bicycle; if you own real estate — try this:
|Swear before whatever you hold sacred — God, god, nature, truth … (but not please kleptocratic law) — that your ownership is true; State clearly what punishment you deserve if what you hold sacred winds up not supporting your claim; And declare your willingness to undergo a Celestial Trial in support of your claim.|
Who will oppose you? I will, for one.
I recommend that you not spend your property beyond the point where you can make restitution.
Kleptocracies regularly spend all so they can’t recompense. Take a good look at bankruptcy laws sometime. Thanks, Julius Caesar. Guy cheats you, builds himself a castle: now the courts say you can have his pocket change but not his castle.
Swear Before Whatever
I wish that every session of Congress began with the congressmen exhorting God to annihilate them on the instant if there’s any flaw in their existential claim. Our “purchase of Manhattan, of Louisiana, of Alaska isn’t 100% legit? Smite us.