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The Philosophy of Ownership

The Philosophy of Ownership

The significance of property ownership has rarely been fully appreciated, writes Robert LeFevre.

He proceeds to present the entire libertarian case for private ownership, with his characteristic clarity of exposition. He makes what is a radically hard-core case for the absolute integrity of self ownership and property ownership but in a way that comes across as common-sense. He shows that how a society thinks about the issue of ownership is not just a matter of details; our very survival depends on it.

Here is an excellent overview of a topic that Mises said was the foundational idea of liberalism itself. But it's more than an overview: it is a strong case for iron-clad, impenetrable, and no-exceptions social rules on ownership.

Publication Information Rampart College Press, 1966.
Updated 1/13/2012