4 thoughts on “The Pope just called private property a ‘secondary right.’ He couldn’t be more wrong”

  1. Posted 08/10/2020 at 04:47 | Permalink

    Such care does not interest those economic powers that demand quick profits.

    You can see his lack of acquaintance with business. Businesses that operate only to get quick profits don’t last very long. Any decent business plans well into the future, and unless forced to by circumstance will sacrifice short term profit for longer term success.

    Some of the most successful businesses, for example Amazon, took years to even have a first profitable year.

    There’s a few flash Harrys and Harriets out there who try to make a quick buck. They are more Fools and Horses territory than Ford or HSBC though.

  2. Posted 11/11/2020 at 22:37 | Permalink

    In Norway, the Black death wiped out up to 1/2 the population. One beneficiary was the church which wound up with a lot of real estate from the estates of those who died. For many decades after, the church filled its coffers with money from land sales required by the post pandemic growing population. If the Pope is feeling guilty, he could add interest to such transactions worldwide and give it to the poor.

  3. Posted 06/04/2021 at 09:19 | Permalink

    “But property rights are an extension of the right to life—because a man’s right to life necessarily depends on his livelihood.”

    This is true, but it in fact justifies the pope’s argument, rather than dismissing it. Property rights must be regarded as an extension of the right to life – secondary to it, but a fundamental necessity nonetheless. People depend on access to a certain level of property – water, shelter, food, basic infrastructure – to live dignified lives, to fulfill their basic needs. Thus, when control of that property is concentrated in the hands of a few wealthy individuals, it is morally necessary for the government to intervene in the private sector and redistribute property among the populace. In that sense, yes, an individual’s right to greedily hog any and all property they can is a secondary right in relation to every individual’s right to live a decent life. The non-aggression principle is fundamentally flawed.

  4. Posted 09/05/2021 at 20:25 | Permalink

    I’m excited about the Pope’s statement on property ownership. We are planning a trip to Rome and have worried about the high costs of hotels. It appears we can stay at the Vatican for free since no one owns it. Excited.

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