To protect civil rights, protect individual property rights

To protect individual property rights *is* to uphold human or civil rights.

 “The democratic aspiration is no mere recent phase in human history . . . It was written in Magna Carta.”

– Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1941 Inaugural address

In 1215 Western civilization took a gigantic step. In signing the Magna Carta, a reining monarch agreed in writing to limit the Crown’s powers by law to protect individual rights. To protect such rights, the Crown acknowledged that its will was not arbitrary and was subject to the law of the land. This protection of individual rights from governmental intrusion formed the basis our U.S. Constitution signed in 1787, including its first 10 amendments in 1791, otherwise known as our Bill of Rights (

Just one example: our 5th amendment due process rights have a clear predecessor in the Magna Carta Chapter 39:

Chapter 39: “No free man shall be taken or imprisoned, or dispossessed or outlawed or exiled or in any way ruined, nor will we go or send against him except by the lawful judgement of his peers or by the law of the land.”

5th amendment: “No person shall be…deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

Property right are “an extension of your right to life.” ( Indeed, without property rights, no one could be secure in holding other civil rights. Think about slavery!

[T]he right to be secure in your property was considered by the Founders to be the right from which all our liberties derived. James Madison said: ‘In a word, as a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.’ By undermining the security of our possessions…[government deprives private individuals from] the means to fight against infringements of our freedom.


Because of property rights, private individuals own the value of their labor and creations, and the liberty to chose what to do with it. Individuals hold a property interest in their civil rights. So, there are no civil rights without the protection of individual property rights. Sadly Liberals today miss the point in touting that property rights undermine civil rights.

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