Don’t Tread On My Private Property

In our current day of “social justice”, fair has come to mean an equal distribution of resources.  But there is a barrier to this goal.  That barrier is known as private property.

For years, being a moron myself, this term, “private property”,  was confusing.  I was raised in a rural area with plenty of “private property” signs around.  But this is not what private property is; at least not solely.  There are all kinds of private property… like money for example.  The fundamental component of “private property” is ownership.  One can say “that’s mine” with the weight of law backing it up.

But the misguided ideas that drive “social justice” muddies this concept.  One of the tasks of capitalist governments is to protect private property, which is why there are laws against theft.  But what if the government is enlisted by the majority to participate in theft from the minority?  If this can happen, is anyone’s property really private, or is it more a privilege dependent on the whim of the majority?

While the tension between ownership and social justice involves many facets, here is one: The emotion based appeal of equality versus the right to acquire and accumulate private property to do with as one pleases.

Most however don’t see this tension because most don’t have what is arbitrarily deemed to be more than their fair share.  There is no reasoned defense capable of answering this emotional argument, but there is sound economical reasons to defend private property. And, there are sound reasons to deny the authority in society to participate in theft.  To not do this is a slippery slope because once the right to private property is destroyed for one, the door is opened for it to be destroyed for all.

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3 responses to “Don’t Tread On My Private Property

  1. The emotion based appeal of equality…”
    I wonder if there isn’t something in that equality question. We Americans love equality … but we don’t really define what we mean. Equal rights? Equal opportunity? Equal stuff? If Bob has more than me, are we equal? If you are smarter than me, are we equal? Do I have the same opportunities you have if you were born into money and I wasn’t? And — the killer question — is that fair?

    We seem to toss out this “equality” word like we all know what it means followed immediately by the “fair” word like that’s clearly defined and now it’s clear to all that things are not equal or fair … whatever that means.

    • That’s why it’s emotional. I don’t think that people who make these “social justice” and “fair” claims ever stop to think about the words they use and what they actually mean. They know what they meant when they said them, and that seems to be enough. And whatever they mean, it’s is close enough to what others feel too apparently, until enough feel so strongly that they go camping in New York City in protest without being able to articulate what they’re for… or what they’re against either for that matter. No worry through, there are plenty of politicians and media elites ready and willing to fill in those blanks.

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