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November 13th, 2010
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Liberty tattoos
Interesting range of ideology. Some geekiness. I'd never heard of an amagi before.

It's cuneiform-- the oldest known word for liberty. It's from a Sumerian reform against tyranny, and it may be of interest that it was a top-down revision of the laws passed on a popular movement.

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Date:November 13th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
I am really skeptical about this. I only see it referenced in Libertarian sources.
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Date:November 13th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
Amargi, listed in wikipedia as a variant spelling, means reversion to a previous state, and which I think can plausibly be taken to mean manumission.

I'll file the original meaning of the symbol under "maybe".

Edited at 2010-11-13 09:18 pm (UTC)
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Date:November 14th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
According to Wikipedia, Urukagina (the supposedly libertarian king of Lagash) instituted a program of socialized funerals, and governmental controls over parts of the free market!

Also, his statement that "The widow and the orphan were no longer at the mercy of the powerful man" sounds like class warfare.
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Date:November 14th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
The Doctor would like to research this, but the rest of me can't spare the time.

Dr. Whom, Consulting Linguist, Grammarian, Orthoëpist, and Philological Busybody
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Date:November 16th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Glad the ink artists seem to have gotten the cuneform right. Hanzi Smatter has instilled in me great caution against ever getting a tatoo containing a non-Latin script!
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