6 comments on “On The Money; A Brief History of Private Property

  1. Okay…so I understand your disdain for private property. But doesn’t it have more to do with the immorality than who owns the property? In addition, in modern times, the alternative to private property is state or corporate property. Have you ever seen either manage anything better than a private person would? Our modern examples of communal ownership of property (communist states and corporations both) would indicate that the people and the land would suffer even more abuse. At least with private property there is a chance that a few will make moral decisions with future generations in mind.

    • Corporate property is private property, and the fact that corporations own so much of the planet strangles the rest us by limiting our access to the resources we need. Generally, governments only exist to provide the violence that enforce property rights, but those so called rights are simply a fantasy. No one has a god-given right to own the land. We, as people, have a god-given right to live on this undivided planet. We should not recognize any government, especially not one that claims to possess the land under our feet. I don’t see what morality has to do with it, except that the entire concept of property is founded in blood, violence and ruthless greed, and anyone who finds finds violence in service of ruthless greed immoral should find the concept of private property, or government property for that matter, equally odious.

      • Although corporate property is technically private property, it functions more as government property because it gives the corporation the ability to manipulate, control and enslave the masses. Corporations today have government in their pockets I think the turning point in this nation is when corporations achieved personhood allowing fewer persons to have more property and more persons to have no property. But, history shows that is the endgame regardless of the form of government – whether it be communists, corporations or kings.

        So, in your vision of non-private property, if I prepare the soil, plant, care for and harvest the garden, who eats the produce? And who enforces who eats the produce? Who determines how the land will be used so that it can still be useful to future generations? How does this system account for so many people’s short time preferences, greed, laziness, desire for cradle to grave security, and limited resources? How does this system not just create a new path back towards private property and the abuses that follow?

      • First, farming isn’t such a great idea. the natural environment provides much more food per acre than farms do. Also, vegetables don’t really provide many calories for the amount of work it takes to plant, raise and harvest them. Hunting and gathering pays better, and if you killed it, catch it or gather it it’s yourn. You might have to fight off the jackals or other opportunists, but that’s life. The natural world provided for us for millions of years, and moderated our short term preferences quite effectively. Hunger and thirst are powerful natural motivators. Farms were the first offense against nature, and led to the rest.

    • Thanks! glad you enjoyed the post. On The Money; Economics for the 99% will soon be released as a book, that I’m sure you will also enjoy. I attended Akron U, a school most famous as the home of the Goodyear Blimps. I had a particularly good professor of phenomenology named Dr. James Buchanan. If he still teaches there, I recommend taking anything he teaches.

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