Reply To: Property Rights


What constitutes “property rights”? How is a conflict between a land-owner and a person who owns himself but does not own the space he takes up resolved? Moreover, how can we own anything at all, including ourselves, if we do not own the space on which things are placed? I brought up the “right” to procreate because it seems like a natural occurrence. The property-rights’ point that Rothbard makes about not being able to yell “Fire!” in a crowded theatre is because the owner of the theatre forbids it (contractual)–not that a tort can be filed for reckless behavior. That seems plausible until you apply it to what a person can and cannot do if he does not own any space he finds himself.

I may be confusing my inquiry even more–I’m not sure how to best communicate it.