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  • HELP! I'm debating a socialist on property rights!

    I am debating a communist friend of mine on property rights. I explained to him in very general terms the libertarian theory of property rights. I basically said that each individual inherently owns himself, his faculties, and his actions. Therefore, each individual has a right acquire property previously...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by chuckduck764 on Thu, Nov 8 2012
  • Should property rights expire?

    What are some of your best arguments to show mutualists that property rights shouldn't be lost without use? If someone uses a patch of land for farming, homesteading it as his, but doesn't use it after that, can it still be considered his? When do you considered something as abandoned, and up...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by The One Freeman on Tue, Nov 6 2012
  • Property Rights, Locke, and Homesteading

    I was having a discussion with someone today, and he presented me with an interesting hypothetical: imagine that I'm a fellow castaway on a desert island. And I happen to wash up on the side of the island that has the only source of clean water. I work to clear some branches away and claim the clean...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by RSDavis on Sat, Aug 18 2012
  • Western vs Chinese education system

    I was talking to some Chinese friends today, friends with no education in economics, and asked them whether they needed planning permission from the local authorities for building on their property. They said they do, to which I responded that we also do in my country (Australia), and they were shocked...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by MadMiser on Sun, Aug 12 2012
  • Labour theory of property vs Subjective theory of property

    I have spent some time thinking of what exactly makes someone own something, but I could not figure out an exact answer. "The labour theory of property" (I own something if I mix my labour with it) is often cited as a justification for ownership, but I have felt that it does not fully convince...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by LiberTed on Wed, Mar 21 2012
  • Justification of the Homesteading principle

    This is my first post so I figured I'd try a justification of one of the trademark aspects of libertarian theory, the homesteading principle. I try to justify homesteading through analyzing the presuppositions and inconsistencies of other theories of property. When dealing with property rights and...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Tim_Spinelli on Sat, Jul 23 2011
  • Right to Property?

    This forum has likely handled such newbish questions before, but I might have something new to add (or maybe am just too lazy to read through the whole forum; nah, I will do that too :P ). Anyway: I am a libertarian and strictly anti-communist. However, upon rational consideration, I see where self-posession...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Wheylous on Mon, Jul 18 2011
  • On the strategy of persuasion, a caveat.

    There is a disturbing trend that I’ve come across lately and that is when, people of anarcho-capitalism persuasion drag down their fellow free-market libertarians and minarchists for not going 'all the way'. Now i personally would say that support the rights-based anarcho-capitalist ideal;...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Cyther Lynx on Mon, Mar 7 2011
  • Property Rights Regarding Sperm A women impregnated herself with sperm she saved from giving oral, claiming it was a gift. How does libertarian property rights theory treat this?
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by ViennaSausage on Tue, Feb 1 2011
  • Property is theft?

    There's a question that's been bugging me about libertarian property rights theory for some time now, and I couldn't quite figure out how to formulate it until yesterday when I was reading Kinsella's "Against Intellectual Property." Kinsella says, [W]hat is the harm in. . .recognizing...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Richard Marmorstein on Sun, Jun 27 2010
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