Who said this? “The distinguishing feature of the community and the city is that every individual should maintain free and undisturbed control of his possessions.”
And: “those charged with the defence of the state will dissociate themselves from the kind of lavish distribution which robs Peter to pay Paul. Their primary concern will be to ensure that the individual keeps his possessions through the just processes of law and the courts; that those in greater need are not victimized because of their lowly status, and that the wealthy do not incur envy in retaining or recovering their property; moreover they themselves are to employ all possible means both in war and at home to enhance the power, territories, and revenues of the state.”
If you said Locke or one of the other early modern “possessive individualists,” you’d be wrong.
Rather supports Milbank’s claim that early political economy involved a revival of Roman conceptions of property and self-possession.
posted by Peter J. Leithart on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 10:40 am
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