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    02-07-2018, 04:53 PM
    But these people didn't get their wealth all of a sudden, and many of them have security personnel to screen people trying to get in touch with them. I seriously doubt that Warren Buffet or Bill Gates has to worry about people calling them or coming to their house looking for money. The fee the lady would pay to have a lawyer set up a trust to collect the prize would be an incredibly small price to pay for privacy and anonymity.
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    02-07-2018, 04:45 PM
    The first thing that a winner of a huge prize like this one needs to do is to seek competent legal advice before signing anything. An attorney could have advised her to create a revocable trust with a bank as the Trustee so that a trust officer, not the lady, would be identified in the media as the claimant. True, the bank will charge a fee for this service, but it will be negotiable. Furthermore, the lady would likely need investment advice to handle that much money (even after taxes), so she would be paying trustee fees in any event.
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    01-31-2018, 03:04 PM
    How does natural law determine who the decedent's heirs are? Echoing Spooner, what is the mathematical or scientific demonstration of heirship? How does someone have a legitimate natural-law claim to a decedent's property simply because he or she happens to be the decedent's biological offspring? Or would Spooner have to admit that man-made law has a function, such as setting down a rule to govern intestacies? It's hard to see how he could, given his claim that "all the laws of their own making,—have no color of authority or obligation. It is a falsehood to call them laws; for there is nothing in them that either creates men's duties or rights, or enlightens them as to their duties or rights. There is consequently nothing binding or obligatory about them." It certainly sounds as if in Spooner's thinking the first person to physically grab the decedent's property after death would have just as much claim, if not more, than anyone else. Don't get me wrong -- it's obviously preferable to have a will, but people die intestate all the time, and the question is what to do in that event. I don't see that natural law provides any answer.
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    01-31-2018, 02:29 PM
    I will again pose my hypothetical to which I've yet to receive a satisfactory answer: in a Spooner-like environment, a person dies without leaving any indication of his wishes concerning the disposition of his property following his death. Query: who has the right to his property? What does Spooner's natural law say?
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    01-30-2018, 11:14 AM
    Here's an article that argues that the federal government's power over immigration is based on the Law of Nations Clause in Article I, Section 8, Clause 10: https://i2i.org/where-congresss-power-to-regulate-immigration-comes-from/ The article includes the following link to an opposing view: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/05/21/congress-power-to-define-and-punish-violations-of-the-law-of-nations-does-not-give-it-authority-over-immigration/?utm_term=.d16fadae5398 Interesting stuff.
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    01-22-2018, 09:36 AM
    Indeed. And do you believe that working on the Sabbath deserves death? Or that death is a fitting punishment for being a rebellious child? I suggest you take a remedial reading course. Nothing I posted even remotely suggests that I'm against capital punishment or that the 8th Amendment prohibits it in all instances. The point was that the biblical admonition to kill for the specific offenses I mentioned would violate the 8th Amendment, so that the Constitution is hardly biblical.
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    01-22-2018, 07:59 AM
    This isn't an answer. It's a rhetorical device used to shut down the questioner because Paul couldn't come up with a real explanation. Instead of being honest and saying, "I don't know" he essentially says, "God blames people because He can. So shut up and stop asking questions I can't answer."
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    01-22-2018, 07:48 AM
    Common law predates the Constitution by several centuries.
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