quotes tagged with 'property'

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.

Author: Aristotle, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in government aristotle democracy property politicalpower indigent rulers 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Another not unimportant consideration is, that the powers of the general government will be, and indeed must be, principally employed upon external objects, such as war, peace, negotiations with foreign powers, and foreign commerce. In its internal operations it can touch but few objects, except to introduce regulations beneficial to the commerce, intercourse, and other relations, between the states, and to lay taxes for the common good. The powers of the states, on the other hand, extend to all objects, which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, and liberties, and property of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the state.

Author: Joseph Story, Source: Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833Saved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government life property JosephStory 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

As long as Property exists, it will accumulate in Individuals and Families. As long as Marriage exists, Knowledge, Property and Influence will accumulate in Families.

Author: John Adams, Source: letter to Thomas Jefferson, 1814Saved by ImaWriterIII in family property johnadams 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

But we know God hath not left one Man so to the Mercy of another, that he may starve him is he please: God the Lord and Father of all, has given no one of his Children such a Property, in his perculiar Portion of hte things of this World, but that he has given his needy Brother a Right to the Surplusage of his Goods; so that it cannot justly be denyed him, when his pressing Wants call for it. And therefore no Man could ever have a just Power over the Life of another, by Right of property in Land or Possessions; since 'twould always be a Sin in any Man of Estate, to let his Brother perish for want of affording him Relief out of his Plenty. As Justice gives every Man a Title to the produce of his honest Industry, and the fair Acquisitions of his Ancestors descended to him; so Charity gives evert Man a Title to so much out of another's Plenty, as will keep from from extream want, where he has no means to subsist otehrwise; and a Man can no more justly make use of another's necessity, to force him to become his Vassal, by with-holding that Relief, God requires him to afford to the wants of his Brother, than he that has more strength can seize upon a weaker, master him to his Obedience and with a Dagger at his Throat offer him Death or Slavery.

Author: John Locke, Source: Two Treatises on GovernmentSaved by ldsphilosopher in government slavery charity property 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

If there is any such thing as "intellectual property" or "intellectual territory", then it can only be rightly defended by intellectual battle, never by physical force.

Author: Sean Hastings, Source: Preface of "A Lodging of Wayfaring Men" by Paul A. RosenbergSaved by inyucho in politics economy force economics property intellectual political libertarianism libertarian copyright ip 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Thus, today, brethren, we are in danger of actually surrendering our personal and property rights. This development, if it does occur in full form, will be a sad tragedy for our people. We must recognize that PROPERTY RIGHTS ARE ESSENTIAL TO HUMAN LIBERTY.

Former United States Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland, from our own state, carefully stated it as follows:

"It is not the right of property which is protected, but the right TO property. Property, per se, has no rights; but the individual the man has three great rights, equally sacred from arbitrary interference; the RIGHT TO HIS LIFE, the RIGHT TO HIS LIBERTY, and the RIGHT TO HIS PROPERTY. The three rights are so bound together as to be essentially ONE right. To give a man his life, but deny him liberty, is to take from him all that makes life worth living. To give him liberty but take from him the property which is the fruit and badge of his liberty, is to still leave him a slave."
Author: David O. McKay, Source: Conf Rep. Oct. 1962, p. 6Saved by cboyack in constitution liberty government freedom slavery life individual right property 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
...if government can of its own volition create a right in one person which did not theretofore exist, it must needs have the power to impose a duty on another which theretofore did not exist. But it can enforce such a duty only by compelling the obligor to give up either his life, his liberty or his property, and this it cannot do without depriving him of his unalienable natural rights.
Author: H. Verlan Andersen, Source: http://inspiredconstitution.org/mbfs/chapter_3.htmlSaved by cboyack in liberty government freedom socialism life duty right force property 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.
Author: Frederic Bastiat, Source: The Law, p. 21Saved by cboyack in liberty government freedom socialism law crime property plunder robbery 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Each of us has a natural right--from God--to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. These are the three basic requirements of life, and the preservation of any one of them is completely dependent upon the preservation of the other two. For what are our faculties but the extension of our individuality? And what is property but an extension of our faculties?

If every person has the right to defend -- even by force -- his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly. Thus the principle of collective right -- its reason for existing, its lawfulness -- is based on individual right. And the common force that protects this collective right cannot logically have any other purpose or any other mission than that for which it acts as a substitute.
Author: Frederic Bastiat, Source: The Law, p. 6Saved by cboyack in defense liberty government life individual force property collective 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.
Author: Frederic Bastiat, Source: The Law, p. 6Saved by cboyack in liberty government life law property 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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