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

  title={Liberty, Equality, and the Boundaries of Ownership: Thomas Paine's Theory of Property Rights},
  author={Robert Lamb},
  journal={The Review of Politics},
  pages={483 - 511}
  • R. Lamb
  • Published 1 June 2010
  • Philosophy
  • The Review of Politics
Abstract 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… 

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