Assange's Case

jim bell jdb10987 at
Wed Aug 11 20:34:33 PDT 2021

 On Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 07:09:45 PM PDT, Punk-BatSoup-Stasi 2.0 <punks at> wrote:
 On Thu, 12 Aug 2021 01:17:17 +0000 (UTC)
jim bell <jdb10987 at> wrote:

>  >   You are clearly not a libertarian. Just go to the archives and read, for instance, your  repulsive defense of the borders of the US state.
>   >  It starts here
> I'm not in favor of GOVERNMENT borders.  I am very much in favor of PRIVATE borders.  

  >  The discussion was about immigration to the US (and other states) and you and cantwell were against it. It's all in the archives.

"The discussion" was not MERELY about "immigration to the US".  I stated my position.  You're trying to do a strawman.  


>     >From jdb at  Tue Dec 20 13:21:27 2016
>   >  "This essay by Christopher Cantwell pretty much destroys the "libertarians must be in favor of open borders" idea."

> You are pointing to something that seems to no longer exist.   Yes, I vaguely recall it.  

 >   No, I'm quoting your own  words :
No, I mean that the website no longer exists.  That's why I went directly to the Wayback machine, to get the actual text, not the virtually nothing that you quoted.  You wanted to misrepresent what I actually said.    It was easier for you to do that, when the actual text wasn't quoted.  

    "This essay by Christopher Cantwell pretty much destroys the "libertarians must be in favor of open borders" idea"  

 >   But that idea, which you clearly disagreed with, has never been 'destroyed' and can't be destroyed. For completness sake you can get cantwell's article here,
What I said DOESN'T say that I agreed with every word that Cantwell wrote.  THAT wasn't the issue.  

  >  Open Borders, or Market Immigration? - Christopher Cantwell

 >   Though again, the  point is that you were rejecting a basic libertarian position : "libertarians must be in favor of open borders" - because you are not a libertarian. But maybe now you're saying you 'changed your mind' and you realize that indeed

The distinction between "government borders" and "private borders" wasn't in what you quoted of my statement,   in what you quoted.  I was referring to that issue.   I didn't express approval of 'government borders'.  

  >  "libertarians must be in favor of open borders" ? 


Nope!   You are adding that "STATE" part!!!   Strawman!!!

 >    > To make things even more funny look at who the 'libertarian philosopher' you invoked actually is  
>    >
>    > Now to state the obvious, libertarians support the extermination of the state, including of couse, the state's borders.
> And I am no different.  Government borders, no.   Private borders, yes.  

   > Except, you and the white supremacist cantwell were talking about STATE borders.
No, I wasn't SPECIFICALLY ONLY talking about "STATE" borders.  Yet again, you lie.  It's the distinction between "governmental borders" and "private borders" that I was referring to.    

>    Also, when you say private borders, what do you think you're talking about exactly. Private borders (say the borders of the plot of land where your house is located) have nothing to do with immigration. And they are not even called borders as far as I know.
Sounds like you are playing with definitions here.   You are repeatedly claiming a limitation on what you ASSERT I am referring to.  I  deny that, and explain what I was actually talking about.   

>    I'm of course well aware of the right wing nutcases who think whole 'countries' should be 'privatized' and owned by musk and joogle, but of course those right wing nutcases are 1000% anti libertarian...
I wasn't referring to that.

> >> The problem, briefly stated, is "How do you defend a country based on anarchistic or libertarian principles, if they cannot tax themselves to put on a defense?".
>  >   notice the absurd idea that such a thing as an anarchist 'country' can exist. If you were a libertarian you'd know that countries are a creation of the state.
> As you should well understand, in the English language (and probably most other languages) words are used with multiple meanings.

> I'd like to see the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) and its myriad definitions.  
> I use the term "country" to mean "a region of land (usually) populated by people".

  >  Yeah so any region with some people on it can be called a 'country' but that's obviously not the sort of country that was being discussed.

Yet again, you try a strawman.  You DECIDE that a specific thing  was being discussed; I disagree.   You choose that specific thing because you want to enable a criticism.  

 >   We were talking about 'countries' created by governments, and their government 'enforced'  borders.

That was AMONG the things being discussed.  

>> Notice that I didn't use the term "nation", which would have (at least) implied a government operating to control that region of land.  

  >  OK so your last comment was just  self-advertising based on a mostly meaningless use of the word "country". It was a side issue anyway. The main topic being your anti-immigration, pro state-borders view.

Since I don't believe in "states", I definitely don't believe in "state borders".  


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Open Borders, or Market Immigration? - Christopher Cantwell

The default libertarian position on immigration tends to be open borders, but ignoring the incentives in a State...



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