Origins of Private Property

Jim Jaszewski ab975 at main.freenet.hamilton.on.ca
Mon Jul 17 07:22:44 MDT 1995


On Mon, 17 Jul 1995, jwalker wrote:

> Although I'd have said that personal property is a type of private
> property, I think you're dead right here.  The bit from my post that you
> appended, to the extent that it's an argument for anything, is an
> argument only for granting private property rights in a limited range of
> stuff, particularly "personal" items.
>
> The idea of having exclusive individual control over more than that,
> potentially over anything, never fails to astonish me.

	Hell, I've always been of the mind that you should never be able
to claim more than you or your extended family can use _personally_...

	i.e., nobody could claim sole-ownership of any domocile bigger
than they can maintain personally -- this would rule-out the use of maids,
butlers, cooks, groundskeepers, etc. Same goes for productive land --
claims to more land than you can personally plow/weed/water/etc. should be
seen for what it is -- pure avarice. This common-sense way was pretty much
how some(?) ancient societies handled private property, if I'm not
mistaken.

	Of course, this is only dealing with individual claims, and
doesn't have much to do with issues of collective ownership...




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