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Re: Imperialistic Argentina once more extends its soiled tal

Postby patches70 on Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:55 pm

BigBallinStalin wrote:
patches70 wrote:
BigBallinStalin wrote:
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BigBallinStalin wrote:Basically, this is a story where ARG declares its own sovereignty and claims lands which its military could not prevent foreign armed forces from taking. The question becomes: "is right by conquest legitimate?"


Given history, the answer to that question is a resounding "yes".....


Think of it this way: if my friends and I busted into your family's house, shot your parents and asked them to leave, would I then have a legitimate claim to your property?


In the absence of any police or governing body to intervene and I lack the will to kill you and your bushwacking friends? Yep, the property is now yours. At least until someone else comes along and takes the house from you and your friends.....


Wait, why do your parents lose their legitimate claim to their property if they lack effective enough means of rightfully reclaiming it?

If you have a legitimate claim to property, it's still your property until you voluntarily exchange the property rights to someone else. Exchanges made under duress aren't legitimate; otherwise, there would be no distinction between legitimate and illegitimate...


You can make whatever laws, contracts or agreements you want, but if you don't have the ability or the will to back up those claims with force, then you don't really have anything, do you?

In society, we have courts, police and such. When nations start squabbling over territories, which ever side has the military and the will to use it will end up with that territory and then call it "legal" after the fact.

Just sayin' is all, the use of force has been used throughout history to solve these little problems over territory. The contracts and property rights you speak of are enforced and maintained by the threat of force by police at the order of courts.

Does not the US hold the Philippines, Guam (hell, even Hawaii) and other holdings that were obtain through conquering?
Did not England have vast territories through conquer back in the day? Israel with the West Bank, won through spoils of war? That conquering by it's very act makes the claim "legitimate".
Is not the UK ignoring the supposed "lawful body" that has ordered them to the negotiating table? What good is the UN making decrees if they lack the will or the ability to back up their decrees with force?

Violence, solving disputes since man first walked upright.
Force, the will and ability to use it, is the basis for which all things are "legitimate".
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Re: Imperialistic Argentina once more extends its soiled tal

Postby saxitoxin on Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:00 pm

patches70 wrote:
BigBallinStalin wrote:
patches70 wrote:
BigBallinStalin wrote:
patches70 wrote:
BigBallinStalin wrote:Basically, this is a story where ARG declares its own sovereignty and claims lands which its military could not prevent foreign armed forces from taking. The question becomes: "is right by conquest legitimate?"


Given history, the answer to that question is a resounding "yes".....


Think of it this way: if my friends and I busted into your family's house, shot your parents and asked them to leave, would I then have a legitimate claim to your property?


In the absence of any police or governing body to intervene and I lack the will to kill you and your bushwacking friends? Yep, the property is now yours. At least until someone else comes along and takes the house from you and your friends.....


Wait, why do your parents lose their legitimate claim to their property if they lack effective enough means of rightfully reclaiming it?

If you have a legitimate claim to property, it's still your property until you voluntarily exchange the property rights to someone else. Exchanges made under duress aren't legitimate; otherwise, there would be no distinction between legitimate and illegitimate...


You can make whatever laws, contracts or agreements you want, but if you don't have the ability or the will to back up those claims with force, then you don't really have anything, do you?

In society, we have courts, police and such. When nations start squabbling over territories, which ever side has the military and the will to use it will end up with that territory and then call it "legal" after the fact.

Just sayin' is all, the use of force has been used throughout history to solve these little problems over territory. The contracts and property rights you speak of are enforced and maintained by the threat of force by police at the order of courts.

Does not the US hold the Philippines, Guam (hell, even Hawaii) and other holdings that were obtain through conquering?
Did not England have vast territories through conquer back in the day? Israel with the West Bank, won through spoils of war? That conquering by it's very act makes the claim "legitimate".
Is not the UK ignoring the supposed "lawful body" that has ordered them to the negotiating table? What good is the UN making decrees if they lack the will or the ability to back up their decrees with force?

Violence, solving disputes since man first walked upright.
Force, the will and ability to use it, is the basis for which all things are "legitimate".


I agree with Patches. South America should forcibly retake Las Malvinas after giving a 90 days final offer of negotiation to the UK regime. Both of the principal British military officers during the '82 conflict say the UK is unable to launch a defense anymore so this should be able to be accomplished with minimal destruction.
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Re: Imperialistic Argentina once more extends its soiled tal

Postby GreecePwns on Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:06 pm

What of rights, then? Do they exist? Or can they be merely taken away by force?

And Sym, yes I was trolling, but there's some credibility in my trolling as opposed "I DISAGREE WITH YOU AND YOURE ALL NAZIS!!!!!one!!!!"
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Re: Imperialistic Argentina once more extends its soiled tal

Postby saxitoxin on Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:11 pm

¡EJERCITO ARGENTINO!


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Re: Imperialistic Argentina once more extends its soiled tal

Postby Symmetry on Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:29 pm

GreecePwns wrote:What of rights, then? Do they exist? Or can they be merely taken away by force?

And Sym, yes I was trolling, but there's some credibility in my trolling as opposed "I DISAGREE WITH YOU AND YOURE ALL NAZIS!!!!!one!!!!"


Thanks for saying that GP. It was a decent thing to admit. I've never thought that you were simply trolling for no reason, just that your main concern- the situation of Greek Cypriots, with which I am largely sympathetic, was misdirected when you applied it to the Falkland Islanders.
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Re: Imperialistic Argentina once more extends its soiled tal

Postby patches70 on Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:39 pm

GreecePwns wrote:What of rights, then? Do they exist? Or can they be merely taken away by force?



Consider, GreecePwns, the US Constitution and all the "rights" we in the US enjoy. How is it that we came about having them?

Had the Founding Fathers lost the Revolution they would have been hung from the gallows and with their deaths so would have died the Declaration and our supposed "rights".

All rights are ultimately won on the battlefield. Once won, those rights can be passed down to future generations, but to gain those rights in the first place it takes force.
You can claim rights come from God, or a piece of paper, but when a fellow puts a gun in your face God ain't gonna save you and that piece of paper won't stop that bullet. You have to be prepared to defend your rights.

Take BBS example, he and his buddies kill my parents and take their house, has my property rights been lost? Let's say "no", then what am I to do about it? Should I go to BBS and say "Oh, legally this property is rightfully mine. You and your friends will have to leave now". If he tells me to piss off, then what? Wave a piece of paper in his face?

If there are police I'd call them and they would use force to uphold my property rights by taking BBS and his buddies under arrest, if they resisted the police would just shoot them. Application of force both.
Without the benefit of police, army or anyone else to uphold my property rights, it would then fall upon myself to uphold those property rights myself. It would take the will and capacity for me to use violence to secure what is "rightfully" mine.

Without the ability to apply force, rights will always be arbitrary and in the hands of the meanest dog on the block. We like to think of ourselves as "civilized" and everyone voluntarily respects each other's rights, but underlying all the rights we enjoy is the threat of application of force from police, militia or armed forces protecting those rights. Force, violence and the threat of violence is the power that upholds "legitimacy". It's only legitimate because of that force. All the philosophical musings make no difference to people who don't give a crap about your philosophical musings on the nature and origin of rights. In those times, against those people, violence is the only option left, save giving up your claim all together. That's always and option as well.

When the day comes that mankind no longer needs that threat of violence to protect what is right and proper, is the day mankind finds Utopia. I doubt it will be coming in the near future.......
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Re: Imperialistic Argentina once more extends its soiled tal

Postby Symmetry on Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:43 pm

Ah Patches... you always bring your special kind of crazy to these threads.
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Re: Imperialistic Argentina once more extends its soiled tal

Postby patches70 on Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:45 pm

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I agree with Patches. South America should forcibly retake Las Malvinas after giving a 90 days final offer of negotiation to the UK regime. Both of the principal British military officers during the '82 conflict say the UK is unable to launch a defense anymore so this should be able to be accomplished with minimal destruction.


Hey, I'm not saying South America should wage war. I don't know if it would be a good idea or not for them to do so. I know it's easy to start a war, it's another matter all together to sustain it, see it through to the end and win. If the UK mustered up the will then Argentina would find herself in a bad spot I'd think. I guess Argentina (and the UK for that matter) has to decide if taking such a line is really worth it.

I could care less. Let the Falklands do this or that, let Argentina and the UK beat each other bloody for all I care. Seems kind of silly to me, but then again, nations aren't always very rational when it comes to territorial disputes. All I know is that the bastards who decide this stuff rarely have to worry about having to do the dirty wetwork of making the other side see the error of their ways......
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Re: Imperialistic Argentina once more extends its soiled tal

Postby patches70 on Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:53 pm

Symmetry wrote:Ah Patches... you always bring your special kind of crazy to these threads.



Ahh, I guess you don't believe that when facing someone who is dead set committed to taking away whatever rights you think you have then the only choices you have left is either surrender those rights and do as your told or fight to protect those rights with the application of force.

Do you believe that police intervention is not an application of force directed from The State? I assure you, it is an application of force.

Don't pay your taxes and see first hand the State applying force to compel you to pay your taxes. Infringe upon another's property rights, for instance, and get a first hand gander at the application of force to deter you from that path. "Oh, but Patches, I'll just get sued" and if you don't accept that judgment and resist further, even greater force than a simple lawyer blabbering will be applied until you either comply or are dead or in prison. And believe me, TPTB will use force, if necessary, to toss you straight in prison.

In the absence of such societal mechanisms, two men who both feel they have a rightful claim on something, and neither is willing to back down or negotiate a settlement of some type, in the end it will come to blows. It applies just as well with two nations.

There are all types of force that can be applied, and will be applied to get one side to capitulate. It doesn't always have to be a gun to the head.
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Re: Imperialistic Argentina once more extends its soiled tal

Postby Symmetry on Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:01 pm

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Symmetry wrote:Ah Patches... you always bring your special kind of crazy to these threads.



Ahh, I guess you don't believe that when facing someone who is dead set committed to taking away whatever rights you think you have then the only choices you have left is either surrender those rights and do as your told or fight to protect those rights with the application of force.

Do you believe that police intervention is not an application of force directed from The State? I assure you, it is an application of force.

Don't pay your taxes and see first hand the State applying force to compel you to pay your taxes. Infringe upon another's property rights, for instance, and get a first hand gander at the application of force to deter you from that path. "Oh, but Patches, I'll just get sued" and if you don't accept that judgment and resist further, even greater force than a simple lawyer blabbering will be applied until you either comply or are dead or in prison. And believe me, TPTB will use force, if necessary, to toss you straight in prison.

In the absence of such societal mechanisms, two men who both feel they have a rightful claim on something, and neither is willing to back down or negotiate a settlement of some type, in the end it will come to blows. It applies just as well with two nations.

There are all types of force that can be applied, and will be applied to get one side to capitulate. It doesn't always have to be a gun to the head.


Quite a rant, that, and lots of fun strawmen set up and knocked down. The time you spent imagining arguments against your odd diatribe might have been better spent wondering why you spend so much time imagineering opposition.
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Re: Imperialistic Argentina once more extends its soiled tal

Postby saxitoxin on Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:03 pm

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I agree with Patches. South America should forcibly retake Las Malvinas after giving a 90 days final offer of negotiation to the UK regime. Both of the principal British military officers during the '82 conflict say the UK is unable to launch a defense anymore so this should be able to be accomplished with minimal destruction.


Hey, I'm not saying South America should wage war. I don't know if it would be a good idea or not for them to do so.


They just need to take out the UK's Eurofighters, or even at least the runway at Mt. Pleasant so they can't take off. If Argentina starts flying right at the edge of "Falklands" territorial airspace every hour of every day for a month then, one day, pushes in and hits the runway with a few cluster bombs that'll knock out the Brits' entire interdiction capability. They only have something like 3 minutes warning once an airspace incursion has occurred so would be unable to launch before the runway was taken out. They would need to do this in the winter when there is no RN ship closer than 7 days away.

The Brits will still have SAMs but it won't matter. With the Eurofighters gone, the Argentine Army can leisurely land their marine brigade on west Malvinas and start shelling Stanley with 155mm rounds. A town of 2,000 will not be able to hold-out being hit by 100 high-explosive shells every hour for a week, which is what they'll need to do in order for reinforcements to arrive. Eventually they'll surrender and Argentina can move reinforcements in and fortify both islands ... the UK barely retook Malvinas in 1982 and they had 3 aircraft carriers. Today they have zero. Once the capture occurs they have no capability to retake them.
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Postby Phatscotty on Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:05 pm

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Postby Symmetry on Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:07 pm

Phatscotty wrote:These last 2 pages are the coolest 2 pages I have ever read in my life


Ayn Rand would be insulted, Scotty.
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Postby GreecePwns on Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:09 pm

There is a certain appeal in that argument, but the original question (and I apologize for going off topic; I was curious) was whether the taking of rights, property etc., is always legitimate or not.

A 2 second search of the definition gives us "done according to rules or laws." Presumably, it means a set of rules which a group decides for everyone to follow.

For example, your scenario implies that all military dictators legitimately have take power because they are able to defend that power. But they clearly don't take power by following established rules or laws for the transfer of power, whether it be constitution, international law, etc. They take it by force. That is not to say all forceful actions are illegitimate, it is to say that not all forceful actions are legitimate.
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Postby GreecePwns on Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:13 pm

You can take this a step further and say the British taking of Luis Vernet's colony was not legitimate, because its belonging to Argentina was not in dispute until Britain found a use for it. They used force once they found they could not take it peacefully.

The Argentinian claim to the island (and even its forceful taking, though this is not the desirable method) would be legitimate, because it would simply be the reversing of an illegitimate action and nothing more.
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