Property Rights Essential to Liberty:

Life and liberty are secure only so long as the rights of property are secure. John Locke reasoned that God gave the earth and everything in it to the whole human family as a gift. Therefore, the land, the sea, the acorns in the forest, the deer feeding in the meadow belong to everyone ‘in common.’  However, the moment someone takes the trouble to change something from its original state of nature, that person has added his ingenuity or labor to make that change.  Herein lies the secret to the origin of “property rights.”


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