Liberty through Property

An Exploration into the Boundaries of Persons

Square One: Liberty through Property

To claim that property rights matter regarding a question of justice is simply to assert that the means of an action matter, that every moral agent has a right to defend their body-property and that nobody has a right to initiate force against them. Property rights are the practical implementation of a not-so-radical notion: you can’t do good by doing wrong.

Libertarians following in the Rothbardian tradition (henceforth “libertarians”) hold that they need only assert, monitor and defend the existence a single right (the natural, human right to property) in order to give practical effect to Spencer’s Law of Equal Freedom, J.S. Mill’s Harm Principle or the now commonly advanced Non-Aggression Principle.