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  • Is a rate of change for life on Earth rising relative to linear time seen as days, years, etc.?  Maybe eons ago, the planet’s geology was morphing gradually, new life forms were born, and many vanished as biology adapted and grew more complex.  As in markets, there’s creative destruction in natural order.  Evidence may suggest far more total change of this type over any 100M years than 1M, the way of life for single creatures remaining static over lifespans.  A T-Rex’s experience was very similar to its great-great-great-grandparents’. We enter. In a tiny cosmic epoch, caves, camels, and copper become castles, cars, and crypto-currency.  How? Evolve intellectually, gather data, technologically manipulate resources, and advance new ideas.  Ownership is an idea, emanating not from aspects inherent to the physical realm, but mental notions generated through socialization.  If I have undisputed claim of a tomato I grew, none seeking to take it from me, and then I willfully hand it to you, making clear with language, spoken, written, or elsewise, that I give you all rights to it, and you accept, the food doesn’t glow and bind to your soul.  It’s a thing in a spot.  To decipher property, let’s seek an origin. As nomads, land isn’t scarce.  With spare space and few of us, tribes who meet are safest following certain rules of engagement.  Trade and division of labor being productive, our best route is always alliance.  Hostile others are hazards to avoid or exploit.  If they’re strong, fighting is a dangerous last resort for defense only.  If they’re weak and won’t join forces, we can leave or loot.  Threatened by powerful foes, resource maximization is crucial for tribe-family survival.  We weigh estimated costs of war against expected spoils, and take risks. Cultivating voluntary relationships helps markets flourish, and we’ve no use for those who would do us harm or isolate us economically.  An attack against person or property of a member of ours diminishes our ability to thrive, as we’re all competitors for finite stuff.  This style of liberation from the state of nature, incorporates property rights emanating from what the group considers its own, within which individual property rights are established and maintained by common-law for the betterment of all. Are there parallel processes at work?  The whole claims what any single part wants, and parts make use of whatever the whole cedes.  Is this a form of democratic self-governance?

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