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Posted By Don Boudreaux On March 29, 2013 @ 8:31 am In History,Property Rights | Comments Disabled

… … is from page 116 of the great Harvard historian Richard Pipes’s 1999 book, Property and Freedom [1] (link added):

Anthropology has no knowledge of societies ignorant of property rights: in the words of E.A. Hoebel [2] 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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[1] Property and Freedom: http://www.amazon.com/Property-Freedom-Richard-Pipes/dp/0375704477/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1329828296&sr=1-1

[2] E.A. Hoebel: http://www.amazon.com/Man-Primitive-World-Introduction-Anthropology/dp/B0006D8L20/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1364560235&sr=1-3&keywords=man+in+the+primitive+world

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