Saturday, December 23, 2023

Territory versus property

Territory is natural. Most animals—dogs, lions, hyenas, wolves, and even humans in a state of barbarism—tend to grab as much territory as they can defend by their own strength or by the strength of their group. 

Property is not natural; it is a product of manmade laws and the enforcement of the laws by a government. Territory does not require the existence of a government, but property cannot exist unless there is a government with the capacity to enact laws and the power to enforce laws. 

The brutes among human beings seek to capture territory, the civilized among human beings seek to acquire property.

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