One of my readers left the following comment under one of my articles:
“In your opinion, does the definition of person enter the picture. I am not sure what you mean by “capacity” of person. I am in New Mexico and here the word, person, in the New Mexico Criminal Code & the word person in the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Code is different. I am not a person as defined in the N.M.M.V.D. Code but it certainly appears that I am a person as defined in the N.M. Criminal Code. In trying to explain this to a police officer a while back, he immediately called somebody & said: ‘I have a person here that says he is not a person.’”
That comment got me thinking. I started to write a brief “reply” to try to briefly explain my understanding of “person”. But my reply continued to grow until I realized that it was not a mere “reply,” but (at least) the germ of an article. In fact, this article has grown to about 7,500 words, and veered off from mere “persons” to speculate on the significance of emergency, treason, genocide and even our obligation to pay income taxes and traffic fines. The article is long and unfocused because many of the “insights” are coming to me for the first time, as I write. But, despite the rambling nature, I think the article offers some insight (or at least conjecture) that you may find interesting.