Does Private Property Exist in America?

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    I live in Virginia and we used to be irrelevant in National politics (always voted conservative) and now we are VERY purple. The Governor's race's players were selected WAY ahead of the election and I consider it the election of "Dumb or Dumber." The middling guy who was pushed aside (the Lt. Governor for two terms) couldn't muster the courage to run an independent campaign (probably not enough money). It really is a sad state of affairs.
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    Actually, you do have the right not to be a "good stewart." But like all rights, it is not absolute because not being a good stewart of your home in a neighborhood where other people are around affects others, whether its property values or creating potential liability situations. But if you live out in the middle of nowhere, you have almost free reign to do whatever you want to your house.
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    I was mostly talking about the social contract and the reasons why the state would make a move on it. That includes eminent domain. You have to have something to believe in in the system. Otherwise the illusion of private ownership goes away and people acting decent probably also goes away.
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    Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

    A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

    Abolition of all right of inheritance.

    Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

    Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.

    Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.

    Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

    Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

    Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of the population over the country.

    Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labour in its present form and combination of education with industrial production.

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