As David Cameron may have learned when he read PPE at Oxford, property rights are a cornerstone of our liberty, our security, our civilisation. Wiser political thinkers than Dave have long understood this.
Here’s the Virginia Bill of Rights, precursor to the US Declaration of Independence:
That all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.
Here’s Samuel Adams:
The Natural Rights of the colonists are these: first, a right to life; second, to liberty; third to property; together with the right to support…
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