James Leroy Wilson's blog

Thursday, March 31, 2005

One State, Many Legal Systems

My latest at the Partial Observer:

The purpose of sovereignty is to extract revenue from land. That’s it. That could be from land valuable for its desired natural resources, or land valuable because lots of people want to live and do business there. Sovereignty does not exist to control people, to command them on what is right or wrong. Sovereignty acts only in self-defense, when the economic value of the domain is under attack externally or internally.

Now you tell me: What is there about the Terri Schiavo case that would convince you to live in, or not live in, Florida? The answer: nothing. It has no effect on land values, the health of the economy, the safety of the streets, the cleanliness of the air and water. This difficult case has nothing to do with politics or “good government” at all.

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