Property rights mean that (1) if I plant corn, I have the right to harvest the yield of that corn, and therefore the right to prevent passersby from harvesting it; and (2) if I save some of the income from the sale of that harvest and invest in more land, then I have the right to plant and harvest from the additional land. To be “propertied” is to have the right to accumulate. To accumulate is not to consume all that my labor and previous savings investment has produced. This allows all my accumulation to remain at work in society at large and for all others to benefit from my capital investment. This is the basis for all endogenously sustainable (that is, devoid of perpetual external transfers) net wealth accumulation in society. There can be no other basis.
If there is any abridgment of an individual’s rights to so harvest and accumulate, then there is a direct abridgment of the rights of all others to share in these external benefits and achieve a corresponding improvement in their welfare – benefits unintended by the investor-saver who seeks only his own security.
Fact: working at Denny’s is a hell of lot better than hunting mammoths or living like a serf like much of the world prior to the late twentieth century.
public service announcement: It’s not “cute” when your boyfriend is so controlling and jealous that he dictates when you can and cannot go out and who you hang out with when you do.
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.
Cat’s Paw Nebula in Emission-Line NGC6334
Two Girls -Tamara de Lempicka
cut anyone and everyone out of your life that makes you feel small, hurt, humiliated, stupid, worthless, etc. do it swiftly and violently and without remorse.
Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Before I am your daughter,
your aunt, niece, or cousin,
I am my own person,
and I will not set fire to myself
to keep you warm.