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Forum Post: Laws are not a commodity

Posted 12 years ago on Oct. 21, 2011, 7:14 p.m. EST by NielsH (212)
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[-] 1 points by atki4564 (1259) from Lake Placid, FL 12 years ago

Agreed, so perhaps you would consider our group's proposal of an alternative online direct democracy of government and business at http://getsatisfaction.com/americanselect/topics/on_strategically_weighted_policies_organizational_operating_structures_tactical_investment_procedures-448eo and then direct questions or comments to our group's 19 members committed to that plan at: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/StrategicInternationalSystems/

[-] 1 points by mserfas (652) from Ashland, PA 12 years ago

Well, when they are, they are called privileges, licenses, allowances etc. For example, carbon emissions trading schemes, radio broadcasting, and (in some jurisdictions) bar licenses. What might have been an equal right for everyone, subject to taxes or aggregate power limits, becomes a property inherited from one generation to the next. New forms of laws as property are introduced all the time - for example, recently I've read about schemes whereby zoning restrictions on real estate are transferable, so that if your neighbor wants to use his property in a way forbidden to you, he can purchase it from someone holding the privilege.

Anything a person can conceive to do can be named; if it can be named it can be regulated; and if it can be regulated then the right to do it can be bought and sold on an open market. The outcome of this unconsidered expansion of property is that in the end the poor are born with no rights whatsoever to do anything on their own behalf.

[-] 1 points by NielsH (212) 12 years ago

I'd say all the more reason to remember the rule that laws shouldn't be a commodity.

[-] 1 points by hq4 (4) 12 years ago

I second this.