January 5, 2003
In further evidence of the conquest of the world by the social customs and artistic forms of science fiction fandom, J. Bradford De Long posts a what is recognizably a fanzine convention report about the annual meeting of the American Economic Association.
“There! By mixing my labor with this table and these chairs, I have appropriated them out of the Lockeian state of nature and have made the right to sit at them for the next two hours my private property!” “Throwing your sportcoat on a table is mixing your labor with it?” “Don’t fight with me, go fight with John Locke.” “He’s dead. And I thought items in the state of nature were things like trees…soil…animals to be domesticated…not tables and chairs made in the Shenzhou Special Economic Zone.” “I don’t inquire into how they got into the state of nature, I just observe that the right to sit at them for the next two hours was in the state of nature, and that I have just appropriated it.” “Well, now that you have Locked in our seats, I had better see if I can find someone to sell us drinks. Oh. Isn’t there something about ‘as much and as good’ left for others, and wasn’t this the last free table?” “You seem to think that I am using Lockeian doctrines as part of a serious philosophical argument to justify our monopolizing this table. I’m not. I’m using it as an ideology—as a plausible but ultimately specious justification that gives us the right to ignore the glowers of others standing around, others who clearly wish we would get up and leave so that they can sit down here instead.”[07:45 PM]