Articles from June 2014



Liberty and Property Rights

Liberty is based on property right. Property means a person’s body and their legitimately owned possessions. Right means that a person has the responsibility to choose what they do with themselves and their possessions and be accountable for those choices. Property right also means that a person can defend themselves and their possessions against aggression. Property right is an inalienable right. Inalienable means that it is part of being a live person and cannot be taken away. It is a God given or natural right. No government has the authority to grant or retract property rights. Property right does not mean that a person can do whatever they want without respect or consideration for the property rights of others. If a person could choose to assault another and that was acceptable, then property rights would have no value. Property rights can only be useful when most everyone avoids violating the property rights of other people. In a free and just society with property rights, when a person’s property right is violated, the violator loses their property right to the extent that they must compensate for or make whole the property that they violated. Most people in Canada have experience with property rights. Most Canadians do not fear that they are going to be assaulted or have their possessions stolen. They have been taught as they grew up to respect property rights and that it is wrong to harm others or to steal their things. This is the basis of the freedom we enjoy in Canada. This freedom is the result of how Canadians treat each other. The police can help with those who violate property rights, but there would not be enough police in a society that doesn’t recognize property rights. When the culture of a country does not teach and abide by property rights, the police will be as corrupt as everyone else. Governments cannot coerce people to be free. Freedom and the associated prosperity is the result of a people with a culture of property rights. Robert McFadzean