Liberty, Equality, and the Boundaries of Ownership: Thomas Paine's Theory of Property Rights

@inproceedings{Lamb2010LibertyEA,
  title={Liberty, Equality, and the Boundaries of Ownership: Thomas Paine's Theory of Property Rights},
  author={Robert A. Lamb},
  year={2010}
}
Thomas Paine is customarily regarded as a pamphleteer, rhetorician, and polemicist rather than a significant political theorist. This article takes the philosophical content of Paine's thought seriously and argues that his account of property rights constitutes a distinct contribution to theoretical debates on the subject. Drawing on Paine's Agrarian Justice and other writings, this article shows that his theory of property defends a libertarian concern with private ownership that contains… CONTINUE READING