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  •  I think what we have missed about the U.S. (5+ / 0-)

    Constitution is that the commitment to human rights, which the whole world finds attractive, was seriously compromised at the start by the need to accept the ownership of some humans by other humans at the start. The result was that ownership of things, property rights, came to trump human rights. In effect, we repeated the "deal" in which Esau gave up his birth right for a bowl of porridge, never asking the question why Isaac did not share his lunch without demanding compensation to begin with.
    "No free lunch" has a long history. The notion that one man must be subordinate to another in order to live is hard to surrender. But, if the right to life is to be honored, then the right to property has to be given up, or, at least, recognized as an obligation to share the fruits thereof.  In other words, not the right to life, but the right to property has to be seen as conditional.
    Humans can enjoy both their properties (speech, association, permabulation, creation, reproduction) and the ownership of property. But, the latter has to be based on the recognition that, in exchange for having one's claim to exclusive use of nature's assets, man has an obligation to share.
    Sharing, that's the ticket. Indeed, sharing is the basis of exchange and trade. It is what distinguishes the social organism from the predator.  The dichotomy isn't between makers and takers; it's between sharers and takers. Sharers operate from consensus; takers coerce. Sharers rely on communication; takers rely on force.

    Perhaps the Israelis and the Palestinians have both been misled into thinking that peace is connected to the exclusive ownership of land. Truth is that when people are excluded, they cannot be at peace. There is a difference between being shut out and respecting someone's property and properties, including bodily integrity (privacy). Private property is not a guarantee of bodily integrity.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 06:28:19 AM PST

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