Well, I disagree with the basic premise of this article, which says
that "property" is a natural law. Show me a neanderthal with a deed to
a cave, and then we can disect the rest of this article. KellyE
That was a comment on this post, left over at BlogExplosion. I replied, "Well, KellyE, I’m sure a Neanderthal would be happy to show you the
"deed" to his cave. It’d probably take the form of a club or a spear." But he (or she) persists:
Nice try at distraction! The concept of ‘property’ (or ownership) is not natural law.
Just more asserting of the same. Scanning his (or her) blog, I get the sense of a degree of materialism which is good, i.e., I’m a materialist, too, but not to the point of denying the plain nature of things.
I go on to reply:
"You seem confused. In your first comment, you suggest that a "deed" (a
man-made legal construction) is necessary for property to be a natural
Then you simply go on to assert that it’s not. […] Ownership, i.e., property, is an inviolable corollary
consequence of a natural right to one’s life, the one and only natural
I then said I’d continue it on the blog, so here is promise delivered.
Natural rights have nothing to do with religious proclamations or other fairy tales. They are not endowed by some mystical being, a creator. They are natural because homo sapiens happen to possess free will. Free will is the source of all natural rights.
Free will means: we must choose to act to survive. It’s not automatic. We aren’t programmed robots, nor do we possess instinctual knowledge, as do other animals, that tells us what’s food and how to get it. We are capable of allowing ourselves to die by default, or acting explicitly to our own destruction, unlike other animals. Because of this real, natural, unavoidable choice that every human being must ultimately make, there is implied the natural right to make the choice. The choice exists as a matter of nature, and therefore, everyone has the right to make it by pure fact of the secular, materialist nature of his being.
And that is it. All. Nothing mysterious. Nothing mystical. All other rights flow as corollary consequence of that one basic right, which ought to be easy enough for anyone to think through the implications with a bit of effort.