Henry George (1839-1897) American political economist

“Men must have rights before they can have equal rights.  Each man has a right to use the world…. The equality of this right is merely a limitation arising from the presence of others with like rights.  Society, in other words, does not grant, and cannot equitably withhold from any individual, the right to the use of land.  That right exists before society and independently of society, belonging at birth to each individual, and ceasing only with his death.  Society itself has no original right to the use of land….  The function of society with regard to the use of land only begins where individual rights clash, and is to secure equality between these clashing rights of individuals.”

 — Henry George (1839-1897) American political economist

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