Principium Volume I, Book 6, Quote 696, 699, 706

696. (3-1-2010) (An argument for property)ATJ Unless distributed in a grossly unfair manner, it (property)ATJ promotes stability and constrains [the]ATJ power of government….[P]roperty is legitimate because everyone is entitled to the fruits of his labor….It is the most efficient means of producing wealth, [and]ATJ…it enhances the individual’s sense of identity and self-esteem. (An argument against property)ATJ [T]he inequality which necessarily accompanies [property]ATJ generates social unrest….[M]any owners exert no effort to acquire what they own and that the same logic (everyone is entitled to the fruits of his labor)ATJ requires everyone to have an equal opportunity to acquire property….[E]conomic activity driven by the pursuit of private gain leads to wasteful competition….[and]ATJ that [property]ATJ corrupts the personality by infecting it with greed. – These…arguments fairly exhaust the range of arguments for and against property articulated during the past three thousand years. At its most fundamental, the controversy pits the moral approach against the pragmatic.

- Richard Pipes – Property and Freedom, 1999


699. (3-2-2010) Like medieval theologians, utopian writers conceive man to be corrupt, but unlike them, they believe it possible to make him perfect by subjecting him, forcibly if necessary, to the rule of reason. And by a life of reason they usually mean a life of exemplary equality: for utopian writers, equality displaces freedom as the supreme good.

- Richard Pipes – Property and Freedom, 1999


706. (3-5-2010) The consequence is: that the natural part of our government, which is power, is by means of property in the hands of the people; while the artificial part, or the parchment in which the form of government is written, remains the frame….[T]he king (or central government)ATJ must have a precarious revenue out of the peoples’ purses; and to be beholden to parliament for his bread in time of peace….And this alone…is enough to make the king (and the government)ATJ depend upon his people…

- Henry Neville, 1564-1615

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