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Property Rights

Human Rights

“Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.” United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 17


“Nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Constitution of the United States of America, Amendment V


“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” Constitution of the United States of America, Amendment IX


"It is no accident that a nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to justice for all protects property rights. Property is the foundation of every right we have, including the right to be free. Every right claim, after all, is a claim to something — either a defensive claim to keep what one is holding or an offensive claim to something someone else is holding." Cato Handbook for Policymakers


The right to liberty and pursuit of happiness, protection against unreasonable search and seizure, and many other rights, are predicated on property rights, among others.

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