Private property is essential to personal freedom and liberty because it enables an individual to gain independence from the state by accumulating land, money and wealth.
In the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers wanted to assert that Americans were protected in their life, liberty and property, but were instead persuaded to write life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The importance that private property plays preserving freedom can easily be seen in the words of those who had diametrically opposed beliefs in the role of government.
The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commences. John Adams.
The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: abolition of private property. Karl Marx.
In the matter of the town of Greig versus David Kogut, I have to ask the question, where have our personal freedoms gone, and since when are town governments allowed to keep a list of your customers? God help us.
Glenn A. Foote