PoliBlog: A Rough Draft of my Thoughts


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  1. Regarding a geographical unit trying to claim proprietary rights to their name, look within Greece re Macedonia.

    Comment by MSS — Wednesday, April 30, 2008 @ 2:31 pm

  2. Excellent example! And one I should have remembered.

    I was thinking more, though, in terms of non-nation-state usages (as in this case).

    In the Greece-Macedonia case the argument is at least over what to call a country, not the way a geographic term is used in another context.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Wednesday, April 30, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

  3. I don’t think I have ever heard of a geographical unit trying to claim proprietary rights to their name.

    Yeah, but remember the Greeks have weird laws. I would counsel the good residents of Lesbos to pursue the argument that the Homosexual and Lesbian Community is guilty of making the weaker argument appear to be the stronger.

    Hell, it worked for Meletus!

    Comment by Ratoe — Wednesday, April 30, 2008 @ 3:25 pm

  4. Somehow it seems less remarkable to me that a Greek community would object to a Greek organization using its name than that the Greek government would object to a foreign state using what its people evidently see as their own historic name.

    Maybe the Lesbians (i.e. the islanders) should change the name of their island to Sapphire. Imagine the tourist possibilities: “come to the jewel of the Greek islands…”

    Comment by MSS — Thursday, May 1, 2008 @ 12:03 pm

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