A FAMOUS LIBERTARIAN'S EXTENDED THOUGHTS ON THIS TOPIC
Feb 9, 2012
Robert LeFevre (1911-1986) was a Libertarian teacher, who founded the Freedom School and then Rampart College, which strongly influenced the early Libertarian movement. He also wrote The Fundamentals of Liberty. This book was first published in 1966.
He begins by stating that "All sentient life is concerned with property... A propertyless living organism is inconceivable." (Pg. 1) Property is defined simply as "anything that is subject to ownership." (Pg. 4) He argues that the human race have progressed because of individuals who construe property "into something that is private and exclusive." (Pg. 18)
He says that the "final test of absolute ownership" is whether the owner may righfully destroy the property. (Pg. 29) Later, he states that he would oppose any effort to limit or control total ownership. (Pg. 66)
He asserts that although we in the United States "customarily" give "lip service to the idea of equal rights," in practice, "we act as though all rights were merely political privileges," which can be extended or withdrawn at the "whim of the government." (Pg. 33)
In the book's final chapter, he argues that one of the greatest enemies to charity is "enforced charity." To LeFevre, "This stimulates resentment, causes men to isolate themselves in fear, and encourages the very type of narrow and provincial behavior which government often claims to be seeking to discourage." (Pg. 85)
This small book is a more in-depth discussion than you often get from LeFevre, and will be of interest to Libertarians, and other individualists.
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