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Private Property Ownership

MARCH 23, 2013

A system of resource allocation where individuals who own property are free to use it in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of other. A property owner can exclude others from occupying or using his or her property. Private property ownership does not exist in a pure form, but is limited typically limited by government regulation.

 

Robert McNamara - Why Private Property Matters in a Free Society

 

Matt Mitchell - Economic Freedom

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For centuries, hierarchical models dominated human organizations. Kings, warlords, and emperors could rally groups--but also oppress them. Non-hierarchical forms of organization, though, are increasingly defining our lives. It's no secret how this shift has benefited our social lives, including dating, and it's becoming more commonplace even in the corporate world. But it has also now come even to organizations bent on domination rather than human flourishing, as the Islamic State shows. If even destructive groups rely on this form of entrepreneurial organization, then hierarchy's time could truly be coming to an end.
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