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  1. Pat
    Pat May 17, 2013 4:04 am

    The author of “Sovereignty without Territoriality” states further down in his commentary:
    “Sovereignty is about the assertion of ultimate authority, and an organization can make that assertion in any one or combination of more than one of these domains. Modern states make it in all three, with territory as the primary delimiter. Other organizations compete with states in one or more of these domains, but with different primary delimiters. Some emphasize souls, others specific goods, and so on.”

    All three began to come together in the modern-state sense after agriculture and animal husbandry took hold, i.e. when people no longer wanted or felt the need to move about, but had to stay in one place to preserve what they were doing. This inspired the potential tyrant to 1) observe the economic feasibility of takeover, 2) place the potential “slave/subject” in a vulnerable position (by threatening his possessions), and 3) establish the actual boundaries over which he could rule.

    Since then, we have all become inadvertent “subjects”. The only way to break away from this conundrum is to declare individual sovereignty, but in the modern-day world, this becomes an impossibility to break away from a geographical nation. (That’s not to say we can’t declare individual sovereignty and live our own lifestyle, but the idea of not “belonging” to any one nation-state is made more difficult to convince tyrants.)

  2. Pat
    Pat May 17, 2013 4:45 am

    P.S: I think only an apocalypse or a new frontier (in space?) would allow us to start over, by recognizing and eliminating/heading off the tyrannical aspects of a society before they gained advantage.

  3. KenK
    KenK May 17, 2013 8:27 am

    FWIW to you Claire I enjoyed Mud. Matthew McConaughey is beginning to come into his own as a serious character actor who is trying to move past his previous “pretty boy” and “action/adventure” roles. I enjoyed it enough that I’m gonna add it to my permanent collection that I keep on my HDD.

  4. Claire
    Claire May 17, 2013 1:59 pm

    Thanks, KenK & A.G. — I also always thought M.M. was mainly a pretty boy (one who really likes dogs, though, so there’s that). But he blew me away in “Magic Mike.” So I’m getting ready to like him more and more.

  5. naturegirl
    naturegirl May 17, 2013 2:30 pm

    I’ve always liked Matthew – the world can never have too many free spirits in it.

    I thought it wasn’t possible for Skype to get any creepier. I was wrong. I also find it amazing that so many use it and don’t seem to care who/what can access it.

  6. jed
    jed May 18, 2013 6:47 am

    > Did Microsoft just buy skype?

    No, that was a couple years ago.

    Pretty much same old story. If your data isn’t encrypted, expect it to be read / monitored /used. Even if it’s encrypted, expect it to be monitored, for traffic analysis.

  7. Claire
    Claire May 18, 2013 7:12 am

    A.G. — Yes, “Magic Mike.” The Church Lady would definitely not approve of the dancing. Heck, even I found the moves shocking, and I’ve seen a thing or three in my life. But wonderful acting, very realistic (Channing Tatum’s actual experiences as a male stripper). And you know, ultimately a very sweet, moral story.

    And I learned that M.M. can not only dance like a lust monster, but act, too. 🙂

    I’ll watch it again someday. But … erm … strictly for the plot, you know …

  8. LarryA
    LarryA May 18, 2013 9:17 am

    [If your data isn’t encrypted, expect it to be read / monitored /used.]

    I’ve been seeing ads for info on “Using the Cloud to manage your company in a disaster.” (“As long as one employee can access the internet you’re in business.”)

    I think their definition of “disaster” is not my definition of “disaster.”

    [But … erm … strictly for the plot, you know …]

    Well, since it doesn’t have articles…

  9. Ellendra
    Ellendra May 19, 2013 1:31 pm

    “I’ll watch it again someday. But … erm … strictly for the plot, you know …”

    There are several movies that I like to rewatch, strictly for the plots 🙂

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