Is the right to property a natural right? In other words, does the fact that I am a human being with the right to life entail that I also have a right to possess property to help secure my right to life? And if so, is it OK if I, living in Texas, own a million acres in Montana that I do not use for anything? Should ownership be connected to use?
I would think those who are still very much connected to the earth in farming and ranching (and, you know, the Farmers and the Cowmen should be friends) would implicitly understand that ownership is closely tied to use, especially the Farmer. I would think some religious communities, monks and the like, see this since they live it everyday. But I think most of us don’t really have any idea about use and land, though most of us are utilitarians to one degree or another. We may have jettisoned the idea of stewardship of the land long ago enough to have no idea how land and use are/should be connected.
I’m still forming my thoughts on this, but I figured I would bring it before you for discussion.
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