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“Dibs!”: Lebensraum And Social Contracts

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010   Submitted by Ross Kenyon

Imagine there is a city in the middle of a large mostly uninhabited continent. This city came into existence through homesteading: sovereign individuals peacefully mixed their labor with finite pieces of unused land and made them productive in order to sustain and improve their lives.

Realizing that they would all individually benefit from trusting each other, trading with each other, and not killing each other, the city dwellers committed to a formal, voluntary, and explicit social contract with one another. This contract spelled out the rules which would govern their interactions and the methods of arbitration they would use to solve disputes as they arose.

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