Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A brief critique of property rights

Each and every one of us was born into this world where every bit of property, every grain of sand, every sheaf of wheat, is already claimed as the property of another person. We are literally dependent on their good will to survive. Following the logic of rights to its conclusion means that these "original owners" are collectively entitled to determine who lives and who dies among all who come after them.

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