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The Philosophy of Property

"Without property rights, no other rights are possible.  Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life.  The man who produces while others dispose of his product is a slave."  Ayn Rand

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"The right to own property isn't about avarice, but about the right to control one's life and one's economic future....  In fact, some might argue that the right to own property is the most important right that human beings have.  Those with protected property rights can say what they please, worship whom they choose and do whatever they please -- provided they don't tread on someone else's rights....  But when government can take property from anyone for virtually any reason and give it to anyone else, there's no way that anything approaching the founders' vision of freedom still exists....  Eminent domain may at first sound like a boring concept.  Advocates of its misuse count on most Americans tuning out when discussions about it are raised.  But it is not boring at all.  The story of eminent domain in modern America is a story about the abuse of government power, about the abuse of authority to benefit the rich and powerful at the expense of the poor and powerless.  It is the story of untrammeled greed, of the influence of special interests, of the undermining of traditional American constitutional concepts and their replacement with a system more reminiscent of the old Soviet Union."  Steven Greenhut

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