Reply To: How we come to own ourselves


“The concept of self-ownership would seem to exclude the idea of a community overriding one’s own decisions about one’s sovereignty.”

Yes, you’re correct. I did not say you could override someone’s decisions, but you can make one for them if they are incapable of doing so themselves. That is what I was referring to.

A child, at any age, may deem his parents unfit for any reason and choose to leave his home. He is not the property of his parents. So long as the person is not an imminent threat to other people (as in the case of some of the mentally unstable), the use of force against that person is an abuse of the principle of self-ownership.

Michael – the original question he raised is how the NAP framework is applied in certain situations, and instead you used the statist framework…not really sure why.