Indigenous Sovereignty And The Being Of The Occupier

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Indigenous Sovereignty and the Being of the Occupier
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of individuals to life, liberty and property.
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But, from the standpoint of the absolute right of the self-instituting gath
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ering-we of property owners that we have been elaborating, it is not the protection of life but the possibility of sacrificing one’s life that is at the heart of being as-a-world of persons.
From this perspective, the primary concern is not to rec
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ognize that property ownership flows from mixing one’s la
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bor with the earth, as is sometimes argued following Locke, but to recognize instead the significance of someone’s will
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ingness to mix the earth with their blood in order to defend their own and others ontological right to be. Such a right af
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firms its absolute authority, and the freedom and sovereign
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ty associated with this, only if the life of the emerging being of the property owner springs from the liberating possibility of sacrifice for the sake of this very right. In other words, the absolute authority of the right to be is grounded in the fact that it claims our being as a whole absolutely. In the absence of the readiness to sacrifice oneself to protect one’s ontologi
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cal integrity such a fundamental right would remain empty.
Hence the command ‘be as-a-world’ is itself premised on a prior and more fundamental command: ‘in order to be wor
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thy of being as-a-world of persons be prepared to sacrifice yourself for your right to be a person’. The willingness to…
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