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A libertarian theory of property : its justification, critique and implications

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dc.contributor.author Williams GA en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T09:17:19Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T09:17:19Z
dc.date.created 1987 en
dc.date.submitted 1989 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/53487
dc.description.abstract The author refers to John Locke, Murray Rothbard, Ayn Rand, John Hospers, Robert Nozick, Milton Friedman, Friedrich v. Hayek and others in his discussion of libertarian theories of property, before arriving at the following conclusions inter alia: 1. There is a natural right to limited exclusive private property. 2. Property is limited not in it's acquisition but in it's (perpetual) holding. "3. Redistribution may be coercive but that coercion is legitimated on grounds of justice. "4. Property rights preserve the liberty of some but necessarily infringe the liberty of others. This too is legitimated on grounds of justice. 5. The Marxist argument that private property and capitalist political economy is exploitative is mistaken, and that it alienates man an argument insufficiently contended for. 6. Egalitarianism and greater egalitarianism as political policies are wrong if welfarist libertarianism is just. Both also fail to accord persons a sufficiently central place in moral-political philosophy. Egalitarianism is, furthermore, necessarily self-defeating. 7. The state is not necessary for the protection of our lives, liberty and property nor for the implementation of redistribution. These functions could be performed through the free market. Should a state justly evolve from the market it cannot ensure it's stability due to the pressures morally demanded financial obligations place on it." en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Philosophy en
dc.subject Political philosophy en
dc.title A libertarian theory of property : its justification, critique and implications en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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