Self Ownership DemystifiedSubmitted by Menschken on Sun, 05/04/2014 - 18:09
The term self ownership is often bandied about as a seeming religious mantra, without much thought, but what do the words actually mean?
Self is clear enough, but what of ownership? In a state of nature, ownership is the prerogative of the stronger. Only in a context of law does the word ownership have meaning. Ownership is that control over property which is recognized and enforced by the collective body and might of a social group.
Ownership is always enforced by others, hence conditioned on their acceptance of and interest in the terms. Anything else is Might is Right, and the Devil take the hindmost.
If you have the might, you don't need the rights. If you have the 'rights' without the might, they do you no good. Your 'rights,' including any legal or actual ownership (there are no other categories), are what the rest of us agree to enforce.
You are dependent on the social welfare of collective force.