The First Question of Politics

I’ve said this many times, but given what I’ve read today, I’ll say it again:

Per Camus, the first question of philosophy is ‘Why don’t we commit suicide?’

That one question is one of philosophy’s most informative riddles.

But I have another riddle that adds just as much insight as Camus’ does to philosophy, into political philosophy:

That is: “Why don’t I just kill you and take your stuff?” ((Or “Why don’t I just kill you and prevent you from taking my stuff?”))

If you can answer that question, all those questions that follow become non-neutral. By which I mean, that arguments over property are not those which you can walk away from.

Political disputes are not conducted over matters of taste.

They are matters of property or we would not debate them.

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