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Are we talking "in principle"? In principle if you organise a public meeting open to all, you cannot then complain if the opposition outnumbers you at your own meeting. If it's members-only then it's not a private meeting.

If you are not convinced, try it on someone who has not been entirely debauched by economics. — Piero Sraffa
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Aug 31st, 2012 at 02:03:06 PM EST
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No, there is also something in between: I can invite members and people who have sympathies for my cause. I can organise a meeting with an agenda and invite debate how the agenda can be achieved. I can expel people who come only to sabotage this agenda. The rationale then would not be numbers of supporters or dissenters, but property rights: if I own or rent a room I can ultimately decide who speaks in there.
by Katrin on Fri Aug 31st, 2012 at 02:15:28 PM EST
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I thought you objected to property rights because they were the basis of neoliberalism.

If you are not convinced, try it on someone who has not been entirely debauched by economics. — Piero Sraffa
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Aug 31st, 2012 at 02:52:25 PM EST
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I object to private property of the means of production, not to any property. And I am living now and using the laws and rules that exist, even if I want them changed.
by Katrin on Fri Aug 31st, 2012 at 03:02:52 PM EST
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