Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Unclaimed Territory

There needs to be lands unclaimed by any sovereign state. Where else will the banished go?

5 comments:

August said...

Exactly. Christians forget this when they start playing with the modern state- especially the U.S.A.s pretensions to an unlimited jurisdiction. For every good neighborhood, there must be somewhere for those who refuse to live decently to go.
With private property and free association, we could see a rebirth of Christian society, if folks remember banishment, not imprisonment or force is appropriate response to those who refuse to live as we seek to.

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Richard said...

But where is left unclaimed? I'm not even too sure that applies to Antarctica, and that is inhospitable. There are always other planets, but they are both uninhabitable and unreachable. The banished, or at least those seeking escape from their own country, have no choice but to emigrate to another (perhaps claiming asylum) and be under its jurisdiction.

A. M. said...

August: I would point out that banishment does imply some kind of force--the force necessary to remove the offender from our midst.

Richard: You seem to miss the point. There are many people who refuse to abide by the laws of any land. If it is unwise to kill or imprison them, they need someplace to go. I'm not really interested about *where* they will go, i.e., whether it is very hospitable or not. But I'd prefer not to send them floating over the open sea or maroon them on Antartica. There should be *some* chance of survival, I would think. Basically, I have in mind certain large areas of Canada or Alaska that could be designated as outlaw territory where the banished can be sent. They can then, for the remainder of their lives, reflect upon the benefits of the laws they previously despised.

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