Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on October 7, 2021

in Philosophy of Freedom, Property Rights

… is from page 57 of my favorite of all of Richard Epstein’s many excellent books, his 1995 volume, Simple Rules for a Complex World (original emphasis):

Even though talent, circumstance, and luck play a role in human behavior, we all are spared an enormous administrative burden if we mutually renounce any claim to these assets of others. A rule of self-ownership, far better than any of its alternatives, allows us to move on with the business of life. A rule of self-ownership selects the single person to be the owner of each person’s natural talent, and picks that person who in the vast majority of cases tends to value those assets the most: each obtains control over his or her own body. At least for adults (and there are, of course, qualifications for children), the rule offers the shortest path from initial entitlement to productive human activity.

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