Progress and Property Rights (2009)
Progress and Property Rights (2009)
As Walker F. Todd explains in Progress and Property Rights: From the Greeks to Magna Carta to the Constitution, the U.S. concept of property rights can be traced back to biblical times. It was developed further by the ancient Greeks and Romans, and first incorporated in the English Declaration of Rights in 1689. The process has been evolutionary—and as Kelo and Goldstein indicate, the evolution continues. The purpose of Todd’s book is to inform the public of the traditions that underlay the development of modern American property rights. At a time when the issue generates as much heat as light, such a reflective step back can be useful for all of us.
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