Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Sovereignty of State

I'll put down some loose thoughts on sovereignty, you can add your personal twist to them.

Sovereignty can be claimed and not recognized, or partially recognized, or even danced around like in Taiwan.

Just a bit of mega history to start.

We won't talk about evolution here, your views will have an impact on your understanding, however very few will have an open mind on the subject. Why loose readers here when I can loose them latter.

Prior to the agricultural revolution our forefathers were likely all wandering tribes of hunter seekers. These tribes were usually extended family units, with what we assume were various structures; matriarchal, patriarchal, or some form of choosing a leader based on competence. In most cases the word for stranger was probably the same word as for enemy.

At some point the hunter seekers would find an area where the seeking was particularly good and settle down. As farming developed, local animals became scarce and farming became even more important. Then, as now, some decided it was easier to hunt and seek by stealing from those that were settled; consider it an advanced form of hunting seeking.

A warrior class developed, either wandering and stealing, or exercising power in one area to defend it from the wandering tribes. This was the foundation of government, a warrior class that taxed and intimidated locals, but protected their area from assault by warriors less involved in local affairs.

I read an account by a businessman in Russia right after the Soviet Union collapsed. His reference to the Russian Mafia control was that it was an improvement over what had reigned before, and actually gave him an advantage over competitors in other countries. The Russian Mafia was content to take 10% of his gross income, let him run his business, and kept other leaches away, The Mafia was his government.

Today, no matter what it says, a government's first priority is the continuance of itself. As C. F. Bastiat said, "Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone."

The next time the government tells you what it wants to give, remember the government does not produce anything. The only way it can give something is if it steals it from someone else first. Remember the government will also first take and use most of what it steals for itself.

As Thomas Jefferson said:

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have."

Your life is your own,
you can decide if you wish to recognize someone's claim of sovereignty over you. A government does not own you because you were born within its temporary boundaries, any more than mainland China owns Taiwan just because it says it does. You own yourself and should decide what your own life is worth, and how it will be spent.

The Sovereign Speculator

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