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I'm a lawyer, theologian and translator working in Asunción, Paraguay, South America.

GNU/Linux user since May 2000. I like Plasma, and I use LaTeX heavily as a teaching tool. My distribution of choice is Slackware, and specifically the 64-bit current (development) version.

I teach at two local seminaries, translate English and Spanish, and have a civil law practice.

In my free time I like to read, listen to good music (I prefer classical and jazz), watch some movies and series, and play videogames. My reading interests are varied, but academically I like philosophical theology the most.

I hate meetings, loud noise and music, morning church services... and a long etcetera. I'm quite grumpy. Thankfully the wife puts up with me.

Welcome, make yourself at home.

@sombragris In the US legal system there is tension between Statists who rarely admit the existence of limits on government power and the Natural Law Principal crowd inspired by John Locke. The latter often ends up in the minority view.

In the view of the former, "rights" are permission slips from the government. In the view of the later, rights are natural and come from the Creator.

Is anything like this philosophical divide a thing in your legal culture?

@profoundlynerdy There is a divide, but it is mostly between Comtian positivists and natural law proponents. Locke is one of them, but there's also other thinkers such as Aquinas, Montesquieu, and Kant, among others.

The Comtian positivists do not propose that there should be no limits to government, but that the only laws are positive laws, that is, those rules enacted by a legitimate power.

Since we have a history of being colonies of the Spanish Empire, the initial consensus is that State limit should be severely curtailed. But after that, you could see here a hodgepodge of State visions, from the extremely liberal/libertarian to deeply Fascistic/Corporativistic ones, nd everything in between.

@profoundlynerdy Sorry, got carried away. When I said "Locke is one of them" I meant that he and the other thinkers mentioned are natural law proponents.

@profoundlynerdy One more thing. I said that the undercurrent is that the State power should be severely limited due to historical reasons.

I would like to add as a closer example to you the Louisiana Civil Code. Louisiana was a Spanish and French posession before being acquired by the US and its Civil Code shows the same legal thought current in a great part of Latin American / Romanistic Civil Law.

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