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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Pointlessness and Property

From Time The Dreaded Enemy:
Texas Biscuit's game, via Bella by Barlight
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
Sifting through the piles of crap on my desk, the first book I stumbled across was What Is Property? by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon which yielded this gem:
This discussion would, indeed, prove a well-nigh useless one, if our labours culminated in simply extending land-privilege and industrial monopoly ; in emancipating only a few hundred labourers out of the millions of proletaires. But this is also a misconception of our real thought and does but prove the general lack of intelligence and logic.

If the labourer, who adds to the value of a thing, has a right of property in it, he who maintains this value acquires the same right.
So there you go.
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