Comment: Sorry for the late reply, I'm in the process of moving

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Sorry for the late reply, I'm in the process of moving

But before I lose my internet connection for a few days, I thought I'd rush a response.

Self ownership is not strictly a legal concept. Slaves, considered by the law to be another's property, understand their enslavement as a theft of their lives and their freedom. Self ownership presupposes a sense of self, not government or law.

"Possession and control are natural concepts." Yes and no. Having taken a item that previously was in another's possession does not make the former 'owner' give up his claim, nor does the new 'owner' feel legitimacy. (I qualify this...there are many different kinds of people, some of whom truly believe they are entitled to keep anything they have stolen fair and square. This was an assertion made by a young man who took a pair of shoes from our store, then was incensed when he re-entered the store with the shoes on and was arrested. In his mind, the shoes were naturally his.)