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[Quote No.41600] Need Area: Property > General
"Whoever makes something having bought or contracted for all other held resources used in the process (transferring some of his holdings for these cooperating factors), is entitled to it [and is called a property right]. The situation is not one of something’s getting made, and there being an open question of who is to get it. Things come into the world already attached to people having entitlements over them." - Robert Nozick
(1938 – 2002), American political philosopher, most prominent in the 1970s and 1980s. He was a professor at Harvard University. He is best known for his book 'Anarchy, State, and Utopia' (1974), a libertarian answer to John Rawls's 'A Theory of Justice' (1971).
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[Quote No.41675] Need Area: Property > General
"The theory of the Communism may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property." - Karl Marx

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[Quote No.41685] Need Area: Property > General
"[Private property:] Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff." - Frank Zappa
(1940 – 1993), American composer, singer-songwriter, electric guitarist, recording engineer, record producer and film director.
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[Quote No.41763] Need Area: Property > General
"All [unalienable human] rights are essentially property rights [that is they are derived from each individual owning themselves]!" - Hillel Steiner
Canadian political theorist and Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Manchester. Quote from his 'An Essay on Rights', Oxford, Blackwell, published 1994.
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[Quote No.41764] Need Area: Property > General
"[Human] Rights are themselves property, things we own." - Joel Feinberg
(1926 - 2004), American political and social philosopher. He is known for his work in the fields of ethics, action theory, philosophy of law, and political philosophy as well as individual rights and the authority of the state. He helped shape the American legal landscape. Quote from his book, 'Social Philosophy', Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, published 1973.
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[Quote No.41768] Need Area: Property > General
"Critiques of Rights Doctrine: [The originator of socialism-communism, Karl] Marx attacked the substance of the revolutionary eighteenth century American and French political documents that proclaimed the fundamental [unalienable human] 'rights of man': liberty, equality, security, property, and the free exercise of religion. Marx objected that these alleged rights derive from a false conception of the human individual as unrelated to others, as having interests can be defined without reference to others, and as always potentially in conflict with others. The rights-bearing individual is an 'isolated monad... withdrawn behind his private interests and whims and separated from the community.' (Karl Marx, 'On the Jewish Question', 1844; p146 in the reprint in Waldron, J., (ed.), 'Nonsense Upon Stilts: Bentham, Burke, and Marx on the Rights of Man', London: Methuen, 1987, pp. 137–50.) The right of property, Marx asserted, exemplifies the isolating and anti-social character of these alleged rights of man. On the one hand, the right of property is the right to keep others at a distance: the legal equivalent of a barbed wire fence. On the other hand, the right of property allows an owner to transfer his resources at his own pleasure and for his own gain, without regard even for the desperate need for those resources elsewhere. Similarly, Marx held that the much-celebrated individual right to liberty reinforces selfishness. Those who are ascribed the right to do what they wish so long as they do not hurt others will perpetuate a culture of egoistic obsession. As for equality, the achievement of equal rights in a liberal state merely distracts people from noticing that their equality is purely formal: a society with formally equal rights will continue to be divided by huge inequalities in economic and political power. Finally, these so-called 'natural' rights are in fact not natural to humans at all. They are simply the defining elements of the rules of the modern mode of production, perfectly suited to fit each individual into the capitalist machine." - Stanford University
[http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/rights/ ] Retrieved 18th of May, 2012.
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[Quote No.41982] Need Area: Property > General
"By Liberty I understand the Power which every Man has over his own Actions, and his Right to enjoy the Fruits of his Labour, Art, and Industry, as far as by it he hurts not the Society, or any Members of it, by taking from any Member, or by hindering him from enjoying what he himself enjoys. The Fruits of a Man's honest Industry are the just Rewards of it, ascertained to him by natural and eternal Equity, as is his Title to use them in the Manner which he thinks fit: And thus, with the above Limitations, every Man is sole Lord and Arbitrer of his own private Actions and Property!" - Cato (as a pseudonym)
This Cato was a pseudonym used by British writers John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon, when they wrote the famous 'Cato's Letters', first published from 1720 to 1723, which were widely read and very influencial in the early American colonies. The original Cato (95–46 BC) was the implacable foe of Julius Caesar and a famously stubborn champion of republican principles.
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[Quote No.42024] Need Area: Property > General
"Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place!" - Frederic Bastiat

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[Quote No.42085] Need Area: Property > General
"...every Man has a Property in his own Person. This nobody has any Right to but himself. The Labour of his Body, and the Work of his Hands, we may say, are properly his. [This is the basis of unalienable individual human rights to life, liberty and private property.]" - John Locke

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[Quote No.42129] Need Area: Property > General
"- That all persons have certain natural, essential and inalienable rights, among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; that of acquiring, possessing, and protecting property; and of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness." - Colorado State Constitution
Article II, Section 3
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[Quote No.42130] Need Area: Property > General
"The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property." - Karl Marx
Quote from 'The Communist Manifesto'.
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[Quote No.42131] Need Area: Property > General
"Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty...Property must be secured, or liberty cannot exist." - John Adams
A 'Founding Father' of the United States of America.
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[Quote No.42143] Need Area: Property > General
"The moment the idea is admitted into society that property [i.e. property rights] is not as sacred as the laws of God ... anarchy [lying, fraud, chaos] and tyranny [force, coercion, violence, 'Rule of the Strongest'] commence. If ‘Thou shalt not covet’ and ‘Thou shalt not steal’ were not [two of the ten] commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free." - John Adams
(1735 – 1826), American Founding Father, lawyer, statesman, diplomat and political theorist. A leading champion of independence in 1776, he was the second President of the United States (1797–1801). Hailing from New England, Adams, a prominent lawyer and public figure in Boston, was highly educated and represented Enlightenment values promoting republicanism. A Federalist, he was highly influential and one of the key Founding Fathers of the United States.
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[Quote No.42168] Need Area: Property > General
"[Private property rights:] Whoever prefers life to death, happiness to suffering, well-being to misery must defend without compromise private ownership in the means of production." - Ludwig von Mises
Austrian economist
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[Quote No.42248] Need Area: Property > General
"If we assume that the individual has an indisputable right to life, we must concede that he has a similar right to the enjoyment of the products of his labor. This we call a property right. The absolute right to property follows from the original right to life because one without the other is meaningless; the means to life must be identified with life itself. If the state has a prior right to the products of one’s labor, his right to existence is qualified . . . no such prior rights can be established, except by declaring the state the author of all rights. . . . We object to the taking of our property by organized society just as we do when a single unit of society commits the act. In the latter case we unhesitatingly call the act robbery, a malum in se. It is not the law which in the first instance defines robbery, it is an ethical principle, and this the law may violate but not supersede. If by the necessity of living we acquiesce to the force of law, if by long custom we lose sight of the immorality, has the principle been obliterated? Robbery is robbery, and no amount of words can make it anything else." - Frank Chodorov

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[Quote No.42360] Need Area: Property > General
"A miser grows rich by seeming poor; an extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich!" - William Shenstone

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[Quote No.42431] Need Area: Property > General
"I'm not at all contemptuous of comforts, but they have their place and it is not first." - E.F. Schumacher
(1911 - 1977), economist and author
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[Quote No.42433] Need Area: Property > General
"Every increased possession loads us with new weariness." - John Ruskin
(1819 - 1900), author, art critic, and social reformer
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[Quote No.42441] Need Area: Property > General
"[Private property rights and the ownership and use of productive property assets under differing political philosophies:] ---Capitalism: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. ---Socialism: You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor. ---Communism: You have two cows. You give them to the Government, and the Government then gives you some milk. ---Fascism: You have two cows. You give them to the Government, and the Government then sells you some milk. ---Nazism: You have two cows. The Government shoots you and takes the cows. " - Unknown

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[Quote No.42443] Need Area: Property > General
"[The Universal Ethic:] The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it which obliges everyone; and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind who will but consult it that, being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions [property]... " - John Locke
(1632 – 1704), English philosopher and physician regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and widely known as the Father of Classical Liberalism. Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Francis Bacon, he is equally important to social contract theory. His work had a great impact upon the development of epistemology and political philosophy. His writings influenced Voltaire and Rousseau, many Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, as well as the American revolutionaries. His contributions to classical republicanism and liberal theory are reflected in the United States Declaration of Independence. This quote is his summary of the universal ethic in his 'Second Treatise'.
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[Quote No.42461] Need Area: Property > General
"Property is a central economic institution of any society, and private property is the central institution of a free society." - David Friedman

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[Quote No.42555] Need Area: Property > General
"[Property: The socio-economic and political philosophies of free-market Capitalism, mixed-market Socialism and planned-economy Communism can be seen on a spectrum from capitalism’s individual citizen’s responsibility to meet their own needs to the degree and in the way that they choose and that suits them within their capacity and Communism’s the state’s, or in other words the citizens’, collective responsibility to meet their collective needs to the degree and in the way that they collectively choose and that suits them within the group’s capacity. Socialism is a mix of the two. They are all different ways of structuring society – the social contract - to allow people to meet their needs and desires within society. They differ though in some ways including the involvement of government and the state and the types of freedom and equality – of authority or outcome - that are supported. The following gives a communist perspective on meeting child education and housekeeping needs:] The workers’ state must become wealthier in order that it may be possible seriously to tackle the public education of children and the releasing of the family from the burden of the kitchen and the laundry. Socialization of family housekeeping and public education of children are unthinkable without a marked improvement in our economics as a whole. We need more socialist economic forms. Only under such conditions can we free the family from the functions and cares that now oppress and disintegrate it. Washing must be done by a public laundry, catering by a public restaurant, sewing by a public workshop. Children must be educated by good public teachers who have a real vocation for the work. Then the bond between husband and wife would be freed from everything external and accidental, and the one would cease to absorb the life of the other. Genuine equality would at last be established... A certain advance towards the new family is possible even now. It is true that the state cannot as yet undertake either the education of children or the establishment of public kitchens that would be an improvement on the family kitchen, or the establishment of public laundries where the clothes would not be torn or stolen. But this does not mean that the more enterprising and progressive families cannot group themselves even now into collective housekeeping units. Experiments of this kind must, of course, be made carefully. [Free-market Capitalism’s individual responsibility and freedom also does not exclude people from freely choosing to work in a co-operative group. It only tries to ensure that it is done freely, that is without force, coercion or fraud, by individuals or groups, including government, whether a democratic majority or not.]" - Leon Trotsky
(1879 – 1940), born Lev Davidovich Bronshtein, he was a Russian Marxist revolutionary and theorist, Soviet politician, and the founder and first leader of the Red Army. He joined the Bolsheviks immediately prior to the 1917 October Revolution, and eventually became a leader within the Party. During the early days of the Soviet Union, he served first as People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs and later as the founder and commander of the Red Army as People's Commissar of Military and Naval Affairs. He was a major figure in the Bolshevik victory in the Russian Civil War (1918–20). He was also among the first members of the Politburo. After leading a failed struggle of the Left Opposition against the policies and rise of Joseph Stalin in the 1920s and the increasing role of bureaucracy in the Soviet Union, Trotsky was successively removed from power, expelled from the Communist Party, deported from the Soviet Union and assassinated on Stalin's orders. An early advocate of Red Army intervention against European fascism, Trotsky also opposed Stalin's non-aggression pact with Adolf Hitler in the late 1930s. As the head of the Fourth International, Trotsky continued in exile to oppose the Stalinist bureaucracy in the Soviet Union, and was eventually assassinated in Mexico, by Ramón Mercader, a Spanish-born Soviet agent. Trotsky's ideas form the basis of Trotskyism, a major school of Marxist thought that is opposed to the theories of Stalinism. Quote from his work, ‘Vodka, the Church and the Cinema (1923). [http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/quotes.htm ]
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[Quote No.42585] Need Area: Property > General
"State ownership [as proposed in a limited form by socialism and fully in communism, rather than private property]! It leads only to absurd and monstrous conclusions; state ownership means state monopoly [without the discipline of incentivised competition for customers], concentrated in the hands of one party and its adherents [at least for the term that group is in political power], and that state brings only [inefficiency, incompetence, poor quality, quantity and range of products and services and] ruin and bankruptcy to all." - Benito Mussolini
Leader of the Italian Fascist Party. It's economic philosophy was more about private ownership 'of the means of production' but directed by and for state gain rather than focused on allowing individual gain by the private owner, whether a company or an individual.
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[Quote No.42592] Need Area: Property > General
"The war against illegal plunder [of private and public property by theft, swindling, etc] has been fought since the beginning of the world. Long before the Revolution of February 1848 — long before the appearance even of socialism itself — France had provided police, judges, gendarmes, prisons, dungeons, and scaffolds for the purpose of fighting illegal plunder. The law itself conducts this war, and it is my wish and opinion that the law should always maintain this attitude toward plunder." - Frédéric Bastiat
Quoye from his book, 'The Law'.
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[Quote No.42643] Need Area: Property > General
"There are two ways to get enough [things-possessions]. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less." - G. K. Chesterton

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[Quote No.42676] Need Area: Property > General
"The best things in life aren't things." - Art Buchwald

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[Quote No.42705] Need Area: Property > General
"[Society's living standards are rising:] The slogan of progress is changing from the full dinner pail [all of us having enough to eat] to the full garage [all of us having all the modern technological conveniences]!" - Herbert Clark Hoover

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[Quote No.42763] Need Area: Property > General
"[As] Economics is the study of the use of scarce resources which have alternative uses [then politics, is about the way the use of those scarce resources is decided. This is often the result of who is deemed to 'own' the resources - i.e. property rights: in free-market capitalism the private individual is deemed the owner through private property rights; in planned-economy communism the state is deemed the owner due to the much weaker private property rights if they exist at all.]" - Lionel Robbins
Distinguished British economist.
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[Quote No.42768] Need Area: Property > General
"...secure property rights help foster economic development, encourage natural resource stewardship, advance investment in intellectual and physical capital, encourage sound business practices, and promote liberty and individual responsibility." - Terry Anderson and Gary Libecap
cochairs of the John and Jean De Nault Task Force on Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity of the Hoover Institute at Stanford University, USA. [http://www.hoover.org/taskforces/property-rights ]
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[Quote No.42818] Need Area: Property > General
"The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground [previously un-owned and ‘homesteaded’ it by mixing his life, effort, time and creativity in transforming it], bethought himself of saying ‘This is mine [now]’, and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes [from the conflicts about authority over and decisions on the care and use of it] might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: ‘Beware of listening to this imposter; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody’. [This early expression of communal property rights (often abbreviated to ‘You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one’ and later echoed as the ‘Property is theft!’ slogan, in its original French, ‘La propriété, c'est le vol!’, coined by the French socialist-anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon in his 1840 book, ‘What is Property?’) is a noble sentiment and practical in small, simple societies and their economies – often with family ties and accompanying sympathies. But non-discretionary, legal ‘private property rights’, equally, clearly delineated, adjudicated and enforced by some strong authority, in the form of the state in most constitutional free market capitalist states, that recognizes the infusing of any person’s life, regardless of class, education, race, sex, etc., with a previously un-owned resource as ‘ownership’, has been found to reduce the conflict, especially dangerous physical violence – including crime, wars and murder, about authority over and increase the ease of decisions on the care and use of scarce resources and thereby the honest, peaceful, freedom of individuals, especially in large, complex, non-familial societies and their economies.]" - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(1712 – 1778), Franco-Swiss philosopher of the Enlightenment whose political ideas influenced the French Revolution, the development of socialist theory, and the growth of nationalism. As quoted in his book, ‘Discourse on Inequality’ - also known as ‘Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality Among Men’ and ‘A Dissertation On the Origin and Foundation of the Inequality of Mankind’, (1754) [This translation by G. D. H. Cole]
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[Quote No.42819] Need Area: Property > General
"Property is theft! [This is a later, briefer expression, used as a slogan by socialists, from the earlier 1754 work in the book, ‘Discourse on Inequality’ by the Franco-Swiss philosopher and socialist theorist, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, which is usually quoted briefly as: ‘You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one’ or more fully as ‘ The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground [previously un-owned and ‘homesteaded’ it by mixing his life, effort, time and creativity in transforming it], bethought himself of saying ‘This is mine [now]’, and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes [from the conflicts about authority over and decisions on the care and use of it] might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: ‘Beware of listening to this imposter; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody’.’ While the slogan and the earlier Rousseau quote are both expressions of communal property rights that has been practical in small, simple societies and their economies – often with family ties and accompanying sympathies - non-discretionary, legal ‘private property rights’, equally, clearly delineated, adjudicated and enforced by some strong authority, in the form of the state in most constitutional free market capitalist states, that recognizes the infusing of any person’s life, regardless of class, education, race, sex, etc., with a previously un-owned resource as ‘ownership’, has been found to reduce the conflict, especially dangerous physical violence – including crime, wars and murder, about authority over and increase the ease of decisions on the care and use of scarce resources and thereby the honest, peaceful, freedom of individuals, especially in large, complex, non-familial societies and their economies.]" - Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
(1809 – 1865), a French politician, mutualist philosopher, economist and socialist. He was also the first individual to call himself an 'anarchist' (in the sense of being opposed to state government authority and power over the individual as a concept) and the first person documented as using the word 'capitalist' to mean a property-owner. He had some contact with and was well known to Karl Marx, the revolutionary economist and 'Father of Communism'. This was a slogan, in its original French, ‘La propriété, c'est le vol!’, coined by him in his 1840 book, ‘What is Property?’
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[Quote No.42855] Need Area: Property > General
"Government originated in the attempt to find a form of association that defends and protects the person and property of each with the common force of all." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(1712 – 1778), Franco-Swiss philosopher of the Enlightenment whose political ideas influenced the French Revolution, the development of socialist theory, and the growth of nationalism.
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[Quote No.42914] Need Area: Property > General
"In the famous fragment on the origin of inequality, [ie private property as in ‘You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one’, Jean-Jacques] Rousseau [the Franco-Swiss philosopher of the Enlightenment whose political ideas influenced the French Revolution, the development of socialist theory, and the growth of nationalism] seems to believe that private property was simply invented by a madman; yet we do not know how this diabolical contrivance, opposed as it was to innate human drives [as he suggested], was taken up by other people and spread all over the human societies [unless it was in fact not opposed to inate human drives and perhaps even the 'natural' way people perceived the things they had control over, like parents note their children naturally express from infancy]." - Leszek Kolakowski
Philosopher. Quote from ‘The Death of Utopia Reconsidered’ (1982).
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[Quote No.42941] Need Area: Property > General
"[Private property rights increase individual freedom of choice by making it easier for anyone to accumulate property and then for those individual owners to decide what happens to their assets, within the limits of the law - in honest, peaceful societies, that recognise the unalienable human rights of all their members to equal freedom from force, coercion and fraud, regardless of whether they own property or not. Otherwise, without private property rights, there are too many squables and conflicts about who has control of what and how the limited resources will be used. To avoid the potential for corruption and violence, history has found private property rights to be the answer. This is what the following much misunderstood and maligned proverbs succinctly state:] 'He who pays the piper, calls the tune' and 'The Golden Rule of private property is she who owns the gold, makes the rules (about her gold)'." - Proverbs

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[Quote No.43020] Need Area: Property > General
"The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. . . . The ordinary objects of human endeavour - property, outward success, luxury - have always seemed to me contemptible." - Albert Einstein

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[Quote No.43227] Need Area: Property > General
"It is the greatest absurdity to suppose it in the power of one, or any number of men, at the entering into society, to renounce their essential natural rights, or the means of preserving those rights; when the grand end of civil government, from the very nature of its institution, is for the support, protection and defense of those very rights; the principal of which, as is before observed, are Life, Liberty and Property." - Samuel Adams
Quoted in 1772
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[Quote No.43239] Need Area: Property > General
"[Socialists, as an integral part of their socio-economic political philosophy, are against individual property rights which are the necessary foundation for individual freedom of choice over what happens to their property and free-market capitalism:] As socialists, we are opponents of the Jews, because we see, in the Hebrews, the incarnation of capitalism, of the misuse of [what we see as not individual's property but] the nation’s goods." - Joseph Paul Goebbels
(1897 - 1945), Nazi (the National Socialist Party) Propaganda Minister. Source: Joseph Goebbels; Mjölnir (1932). 'Die verfluchten Hakenkreuzler. Etwas zum Nachdenken'. Munich: Franz Eher Nachfolger. English translation: 'Those Damned Nazis'.
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[Quote No.43305] Need Area: Property > General
"[Socialist and communists do not believe in the right of individuals to make decisions about their own individual private property because they do not believe in private property rights. They believe that property belongs to all in order for all to have the freedom to be themselves and have satisfying lives. This is a very noble aim. Unfortunately the ‘science’ of economics, which is just about how scarce resources are managed, shows that decisions have to be made by some individual, some group or the whole group. Common-sense shows that the whole group decision making is difficult, unwieldy, too time consuming and therefore unrealistic in large complex societies so that the decisions are devolved to groups and individuals. Unfortunately this defeats the stated purpose of individual freedom and satisfaction as each individual is no longer involved in most decisions that effect them, and must take what they are given, unlike free-market capitalism where each individual gets to freely choose for themselves albeit only within the limit of their resources; not to mention the lack of free market prices to show demand and supply imbalances and therefore how scarce resources should best be allocated to meet the needs and 'greatest happiness of the greatest number' as per utilitarianism’s and democracy’s dictum, which results in many shortages in socialist and communist economies. Also history has shown this form of socio-economic political structure leads to: 1-corruption with the powerful becoming greedy as Lord Acton said, ‘Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’ and; 2-the powerful not needing to be competent because of a lack of personal incentives and true financial accountability, except a minority motivated by personal pride, fear, morality or ideology, unfortunately usually in the minority. History has shown this is what happens in most cases. Therefore rather than trying to, if necessary, forcefully change human nature’s self-interest as proposed in socialism and communism to 'altruism' [i.e. communist party officer for each group and re-education work camps for the incorrigible], capitalism according to Adam Smith said let people’s self-interest, regarding what they own, spur production and exchange and then through the 'invisible hand' of the market, products and services would continually improve through competition and also spread to where they were needed and desired and only limited by the exchangeable resources in total – i.e. unit profit times volume. In this way capitalism tries to harness human nature to help the group live with a better material standard of living and greater individual freedom, admittedly within the limit of their resources, but which in the most enlightened capitalist societies is another individual choice as they are set up to help people develop the skills to allow them to accumulate resources consistent with the contribution they make to the well-being of others, while supporting those temporaily or permanently disabled. However the ideology of freedom (of want), equality (of outcome), community and cooperation rather than freedom (of choice), equality (of treatment), individuality and competition is so appealing people still misunderstand the fatal flaws in socialism’s and communism’s lack of private property rights, which of course include their savings, which benefit society through the mechanism of credit to those with ideas that need funding, especially for production but also even for consumption. For example...] The private control of credit is the modern form of slavery. [This is the kind of statement that die-hard socialists and communists still unfortunately repeat, that from the brief explanation above, you will now understand, while noble, is misguided as it is a less effective means to the end of freedom and a satisfying life that we all desire for humanity and each individual, regardless of the socio-economic political philosophy we believe will achieve it best. In time it is hoped that more people will recognise the superiority of allowing private property rights as the means to bring the good life we all want for ourselves, our loved ones, other individuals and our societies.]" - Upton Sinclair
(1878 –1968), American author and one-time candidate for governor of California who wrote close to one hundred books in many genres. He achieved popularity in the first half of the twentieth century, acquiring particular fame for his classic muckraking novel, ‘The Jungle’ (1906). It exposed conditions in the U.S. meat packing industry, causing a public uproar that contributed in part to the passage a few months later of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act. His political career: In the 1920s the Sinclairs moved to Monrovia, California, near Los Angeles, where Upton founded the state's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Wanting to pursue politics, he twice ran unsuccessfully for Congress on the Socialist ticket: in 1920 for the House of Representatives and in 1922 for the Senate. During this period, Sinclair was also active in radical politics in Los Angeles. For instance, in 1923, to support the challenged free speech rights of Industrial Workers of the World [founded in Chicago in June 1905 at a convention of two hundred socialists, anarchists, and radical trade unionists from all over the United States]... In 1934 Sinclair ran in the California gubernatorial election as a Democrat. Gaining 879,000 votes made this his most successful run for office, but Frank F. Merriam defeated him by a sizable margin. Sinclair's platform, known as the 'End Poverty In California' movement (EPIC), galvanized the support of the Democratic Party, and Sinclair gained its nomination. Severe dust storms during the Great Depression made farming on the Great Plains impossible, and hundreds of thousands of Southern and Great Plains residents migrated westward in the 1930s in the hope of finding work and a new life. Sinclair's plan to end poverty quickly became a controversial issue under the pressure of so many migrants. Conservatives considered his proposal an attempted communist takeover of their state and quickly opposed him, using propaganda to portray Sinclair as a staunch communist. Sinclair had been a member of the Socialist Party from 1902 to 1934, when he became a Democrat, though always considering himself a Socialist in spirit. At the same time, American and Soviet communists disassociated themselves from him as a capitalist... After his loss to Merriam, Sinclair abandoned EPIC and politics to return to writing. In 1935 Sinclair published ‘I, Candidate for Governor: And How I Got Licked’, in which he described the techniques employed by Merriam's supporters, including the popular Aimee Semple McPherson, who vehemently opposed socialism and what she perceived as Sinclair's modernism. Of his gubernatorial bid, Sinclair remarked in 1951: ‘The American People will take Socialism, but they won't take the label. I certainly proved it in the case of EPIC. Running on the Socialist ticket I got 60,000 votes, and running on the slogan to 'End Poverty in California' I got 879,000. I think we simply have to recognize the fact that our enemies have succeeded in spreading the Big Lie. There is no use attacking it by a front attack, it is much better to out-flank them.’
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[Quote No.43553] Need Area: Property > General
"[Communism does not believe in private property rights, for example:] Land titles are a murky issue in Cambodia - the communist Khmer Rouge regime abolished property ownership during its murderous rule in the late 1970s..." - businessspectator.com.au
10th July, 2012. [http://www.businessspectator.com.au/bs.nsf/Article/EU-scheme-boosts-Cambodian-land-grabs-W35MX?OpenDocument&src=hp17 ]
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[Quote No.43624] Need Area: Property > General
"The difference between [socialism and fascism] is superficial and purely formal, but it is significant psychologically: it brings the authoritarian nature of a planned economy crudely into the open. The main characteristic of socialism (and of communism) is public ownership of the means of production, and, therefore, the abolition of private property. The right to property is the right of use and disposal. Under fascism, men retain the semblance or pretense of private property, but the government holds total power over its use and disposal." - Ayn Rand
(1905 - 1982), author. Quote from her article, 'The Fascist New Frontier,' The Ayn Rand Column, p.98.
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[Quote No.43625] Need Area: Property > General
"Under fascism, citizens retain the responsibilities of owning property, without freedom to act and without any of the advantages of ownership. Under socialism, government officials acquire all the advantages of ownership, without any of the responsibilities, since they do not hold title to the property, but merely the right to use it - at least until the next purge. In either case, the government officials hold the economic, political and legal power of life or death over the citizens." - Ayn Rand
(1905 - 1982), author. Quote from her article, 'The Fascist New Frontier,' The Ayn Rand Column, p.98.
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[Quote No.43763] Need Area: Property > General
"The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right." - James Madison
(1751 - 1836), 4th US President (1809-17) and one of the founding fathers of his country.
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[Quote No.43819] Need Area: Property > General
"The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything!" - Unknown

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[Quote No.43820] Need Area: Property > General
"When [as in socialism and communism] everybody owns something, nobody owns it, and nobody has a direct [responsibility, incentive and] interest in maintaining or improving its condition. That is why buildings in the Soviet Union - like public housing in the United states - look decrepit within a year or two of their construction. [Therefore the importance of capitalism's private property rights, which ensure someone is held responsible for the property and the wealth it contains but also that individual liberty is protected through each person's legal ability to own and therefore make choices about their own physical person and property.]" - Milton Friedman
Highly respected American economist. Quote from his book, 'Free to Choose: A Personal Statement'.
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[Quote No.43836] Need Area: Property > General
"The program of [individual liberty - freedom from force, coercion and fraud - i.e. classical] liberalism, therefore, if condensed into a single word, would have to read: property, that is, private ownership of the means of production... All the other demands of liberalism result from this fundamental demand [for private property rights]." - Ludwig von Mises
Famous Austrian economist
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[Quote No.43843] Need Area: Property > General
"The problem is to find a form of association [social contract] which will defend and protect with the whole common force the person and goods [private property] of each associate, and in which each, while uniting himself with all, may still obey himself alone, and remain as free as before." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(1712-1778) French political philosopher, educationist and essayist. Quote from his book, 'The Social Contract', 1762.
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"Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign. [Each individual 'owns' himself and therefore is free to choose what he wants for and with his body and mind and enjoy or suffer the consequences.]" - John Stuart Mill
(1806-1873) English philosopher and economist. Source: 'On Liberty' (1859) (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 1978), p. 9
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"[Unfortunately and foolishly] Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure [and to all others too]." - Thorstein Veblen
American economist
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[Quote No.43997] Need Area: Property > General
"[The following quote goes a long way to explain the difference in self-esteem, spending behavior and style of property bought between the poor and the rich:] The poor man wishes to conceal his poverty, and the rich man his wealth: the former fears lest he be despised, the latter lest he be plundered. [The wise man, whether rich or poor, chooses the middle ground of functional humility - that of achieving the functional need at the least ostentation and cost.]" - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

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[Quote No.44110] Need Area: Property > General
"It is right to be contented with what we have, but never with what we are!" - James Mackintosh

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