Chapter

Property for All

Jeremy Waldron

in The Right to Private Property

Published in print November 1990 | ISBN: 9780198239376
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679902 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239376.003.0012

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Property for All

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Could private property be the subject of a general right? Is it something we could plausibly provide for everyone in the way we try to provide political rights, civil liberty, health, education and welfare? Or, to put it another way, is the ideal of a ‘property-owning democracy’ anything more than a petit-bourgeois utopian pipe-dream? This chapter considers two negative answers to these questions which amount to quite radical challenges to the idea that private property could be one of the general rights of man. The challenges come from utterly different political perspectives.

Keywords: private property; general rights; political rights; civil liberty; health; education; welfare

Chapter.  9113 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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