Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on March 29, 2013

in History, Property Rights

… … is from page 116 of the great Harvard historian Richard Pipes’s 1999 book, Property and Freedom (link added):

Anthropology has no knowledge of societies ignorant of property rights: in the words of E.A. Hoebel cited above, “property is as ubiquitous as man, a part of the basic fabric of all society.”  Which means, to employ Aristotelian terminology, that it is not merely a “legal” or “conventional” but a “natural” institution.

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