I agree. However, unfortunately I don't believe there is any
free country left right now on the globe. :( even if you can buy and own
property, freedom means a lot more.
Etatism (statism) rules these days, big time. :(
Yes indeed. In "Origins of the Common Law", the author (Arthur Hogue) gives some background on English courts - essentially local affairs which operated in such ways as described in A-C, until they were subsumed by the introduction of the Royal Courts of England. Whether or not that was a tragedy at that particular time, they do give a nice historical example.
Brett, I think it's ultimately a matter of semantics. I use rights to designate those things a person may do without being hindered and which should never be violated, provided they violate no one else's rights, with self-ownership and consequently a right to appropriate unowned resources being the only such rights. Being allowed to dispose of your property (including in yourself) in whatever fashion you please, provided you harm no one, is how I would define liberty (e.g. the "right" to free speech.)
Mr Jekyll, definitely. Something companies often do, is when they cannot get their client to pay up a debt, they hire a debt collection agency. It would be interesting to see what similar sort of services arise in a free market.