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“The human right of every man to his own life implies the right to find and transform resources: to produce that which sustains and advances life. That product is a man’s property. That is why prop­erty rights are foremost among human rights and why any loss of one endangers the others.”

“There are several aspects of this important truth. In the first place, each individual, according to our understanding of the natural order of things, is the owner of himself, the ruler of his own person. Pres­ervation of this self-ownership is essential for the proper develop­ment and well-being of man. The human rights of the person are, in effect, a recognition of each man’s inalienable property right over his own being; and from this property right stems his right to the material goods that he has produced. A man’s right to per­sonal freedom, then, is his prop­erty right in himself.”

“There are no human rights that are separable from property rights. The human right of free speech is only the prop­erty right to hire an assembly hall from the owners, to speak to those who are willing to listen, to buy materials and then print leaf­lets or books and sell them to those who are willing to buy. There is no extra right of free speech beyond the property rights that we can enumerate in any given case.”

“In situa­tions where all the factors in­volved are owned privately, it is clear that there is no problem or conflict of human rights; on the contrary, only property rights are involved, and there is no vague­ness or conflict in deciding who owns what or what is permissible in any particular case.”

“The rights of the individual are still eternal and absolute; but they are property rights.”

Human Rights are Property Rights | Murray N. Rothbard

Much is heard these days of the distinction between human rights and property rights, and many who claim to champion the one turn with scorn upon any de­fender of the other. They fail to see that property rights, far from being in conflict, are in fact the most basic of all human rights.


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