November 3, 1934 - Editorial - The Right to Save, by George Lorimer

Never has there been a more meaningless discussion than the recent dispute over property rights as against human rights. Those who fear that there savings may suffer under the New Deal are roundly denounced as being for property rights and against human rights.

Surely there is nothing inhuman in owning property. The most poorly paid laborer is a property owner when his wages are paid.

Nor do those who draw distinction between property and human rights show an adequate knowledge of history. Usually the destruction of property rights has quickly spread to brutal denial of the most fundamental of other rights. When governments begin by seizing property, they commonly follow by destroying the right to free speech and assembly or even that of life itself. (pg. 22)

Comments: FDR and his associates that were condemning people for being concerned over their property rights were themselves property owners and lived in far greater wealth than most people could only dream of. In today's society, how many people are aware that the wages they are paid are property? Do they really care that government confiscates their labor to any extent the rulers desire? Do they not, every election cycle, vote for their own enslavement and the future enslavement of their children? I've found that most people, when you point this out to them, it simply makes them mad and the most common reply is something like: "We live better than most people in other countries. If you don't like it then move to another country." Of course, this doesn't answer the argument. It is an emotional response.

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