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Comment Re:How things become property (Score 2) 10

Which leads us to... oh dear, pretty much where we are right now. Because there's no such thing as "free for the taking"; everything costs something to someone, somewhere.

The notion that at things can be taken from nature without any cost is (IMO) the central and fatal flaw underlying unbridled capitalism. See David Harvey, The Enigma of Capital.

Comment Re: The 4th of December? (Score 1) 340

1761: england declares slavery not legal (in england). 1766: the slave owning colonies break away from the freedom loving ones (which become canada) before the idea spreads. Truth.

Vermont's state constitution forbids slavery and was adopted in 1777.

Several other rebel colonies declared themselves free even before independence was formally gained.

During the Revolutionary War, Britain transported slaves of loyalists to other British colonies. (The slaves were not emancipated.)

There was a British court decision in 1763, but it was not binding overall, seems to have been pretty widely ignored by other British courts at the time, and the matter would not be settled in the British Empire for several more decades.

You also managed to get both dates wrong. Nice going.

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