I as a child in social studies I never understood how someone “claims” land. In class we read about the Spanish, French, and English settling the New World and claiming their territory of land with what I assumed to be magic. I asked the teacher how the settlers could say the land was theirs because to me land was like air and you can’t own air. Plus, the native americans already inhabited much of the land. I said to my teacher, “So they just planted a flag or something and just said, ‘ok, this is mine now’? If that’s the case then what’s stopping me from doing the same thing right now for all the land in North America?”. She didn’t really have a clear answer for me. To be fair, she wasn’t really prepared for a question like that. I think it’s a legitimate point to make though.
What makes this your land? Nothing.
The fact that I believe people can not actually have any real means of ownership of land is the justification I have for my reasoning of tearing down borders, dissolving nations, and ending the criminalization of migrants.
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