Thorsten Schilling on 28 Jul 2000 18:49:47 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> Terror in Tune Town

THE first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of
saying This is mine, and found people simple enough to believe him, was the
real founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars and murders, from
how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by
pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows,
"Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that
the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody."

j.j.rosseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, 1754

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