Consider this statement:
Some, especially on the far-left, use this line of reasoning to condemn private property. How does Objectivism respond to this claim? Specifically, what are the philosophical underpinnings of private property? Is it simply mixing one's labor with "stuff"? Is it might equals right?
This is a follow up question to another I asked a while ago but was poorly composed and lacked synthesis.
In terms of the "big picture" of what the quoted formulation is all about, a comment by user890 really hits the "nail" squarely on the head: "The underpinning of a right to property is the right to life. The ability to own and use the products of your labor is a requirement of life. Denying someone your means of survival is not coercive, it is proper."
The formulation quoted in the question is, indeed, a denial of the whole concept of private ownership of property of any kind. There is an excellent collection of excerpts on the topic of "Property Rights" in The Ayn Rand Lexicon, reinforcing and expanding upon user890's comment. The excerpts explain the relation between property rights and the right to life, and the source of property rights as being the law of causality.
If a point-by-point analysis of the quoted formulation is really necessary, here are some additional comments on it.
answered Feb 02 '13 at 19:06
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