Private Property Suffuses Life
(2017) 39(1) Sydney Law Review 135
13 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2017 Last revised: 7 Aug 2017
Date Written: August 2, 2017
This review essay explores, in four Parts, the ways in which private property has become a ubiquitous means of exerting control over things and over people. First, it recounts the liberal conception of private property. Second, using Andro Linklater’s Owning the Earth: The Transforming History of Land Ownership and Frank Trentmann’s Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First, it considers how the liberal conception of private property has spread to every thing in, and every corner of, our contemporary world. Third, it reflects upon the seriousness of the consequences that follow the fact of this spread of free choice. Finally, it provides some brief concluding thoughts.
Keywords: Property, Property Theory, Possessions, Wealth, Inequality
JEL Classification: K1
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