Principium Volume I, Book 6, Quote 708 and 710

708. (3-6-2010) (This is to expose many of the warped but prevalent ideas of the Left.)ATJ [I]n [Rousseau’s]ATJ most famous book, “The Social Contract” (1762), he implied that inasmuch as it was society that sanctioned property, “each individual’s right to his very own store is always subordinate to the community’s right to all.”…Two centuries later, the English social historian R.H. Tawney virtually echoed Rousseau when he asserted: “The individual has no absolute rights…all rights…are conditional and derivative….[T]hey are derived from the end or purpose of the society in which they exist. They are conditional on being used to contribute to the attainment of that end, not to thwart it. And this means in practice that, if society is to be healthy, men must regard themselves not as the owners of rights, but as trustees for the discharge of functions and the instruments of a social purpose.” (-The Acquisitive Society, New York, 1920, 51)….Robespierre (French Revolutionary)ATJ is said to have reread “The Social Contract” every day. (So if humanity has no right except those granted them by the State, then arbitrary death and imprisonment by State authorities is completely fair, as long as it serves the greater good? Doesn’t that just feel wrong deep down in your soul? Enter now references to Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, etc., etc. Socialism, Marxism, Communism, Progressivism, however you spin it, still serves no good purpose to all men.)ATJ

- Richard Pipes – Property and Freedom, 1999


710. (33-8-2010) [I]n the Communist Manifesto of 1848, Marx and Engels asserted that “the theory of the Communists may be summed up in a single sentence: Abolition of private property”

- Richard Pipes – Property and Freedom, 1999

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