“The right of property is the guardian of every other right, and to deprive the people of this, is in fact to deprive them of their liberty.”
— Arthur Lee
(1740-1792) Virgina delegate to the Continental Congress in 1782
The year of this quote is 1782. It is amazing how in 2013 most Americans are abysmally ignorant of property rights. At most they think of it as the boundaries of the yard their house sits on. As it turns out, there is a wee bit more.
Your body is your first ‘property’ right. Which is why slavery was such an abomination. In its most simplistic form, this was a violation of the slaves first property right. Another violation is when the government gives you permission to use one drug, alcohol, but not another, marijuana. It is absurd we should allow the government to tell us what we may ingest, or put a “sin tax” on various substances.
Your second property right is your money or earnings. That is why the government stealing from you to give to another is so wrong. Whether they are subsidizing the oil company, the farmer, or the welfare mom, it is all a violation of natural law.
Thirdly is that property you can feel and touch. House, guns, jewelry, furniture, art, whatever it is you have legally acquired that you place a value on. For some reason, this last category is pretty well understood by most people, but categories one and two are not. It is also in the best interests of the state run schools to keep people ignorant of these basic concepts.
Our government was given the authority to secure our rights of life, liberty and property. What our government has grown into, ends up violating the very rights it swore to protect. In its quest to do everything for everyone, it steals, kills and infringes on our liberty.
“In a free society, individuals have the right to do right or wrong, as long as they don’t threaten or infringe upon the rights or property of others.”
— Mark Skousen
(1947-) American economist, investment analyst, newsletter editor, college professor and author. Source: Persuasion versus Force