Re: Property and life
Mon, 11 Jan 1999 14:58:05 -0700

I wrote:
> Since property includes life itself, there can be no higher good than
> protection of property.

Alejandro comments:
>I don't think that's valid logic:
>(A is good) and (A in B) => B is good ???? i don't think so

You're right, I'm guilty of sloppy logic here. How about this:

If property entails the right of exclusive control, then your basic property consists of your (living) body. All other property can be considered a sort of extension of this fundamental property.

Thus the fundamental good - insofar as you value your own life - is the acquisition (or retention) and protection of property, both the property you were born with and the property necessary to maintain it.