Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on April 6, 2016

in Property Rights

… is from page 71 of Book 1 of the 2007 Liberty Fund edition of Lord Kames’s 1774 Sketches of the History of Man:

The appetite for property is not bestowed upon us in vain: it has given birth to many arts: it is highly beneficial by furnishing opportunity for gratifying the most dignified natural affections; for without private property, what place would there be for benevolence or charity?  Without private property there would be no industry; and without industry, men would remain savages for ever.

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