Thursday, June 3, 2010
John Lovett (Loyola/New Orleans) has an op-ed in the New Orleans Times Picayune on Rand Paul, Private Property, and the Deep Water Horizons spill. The op-ed is thoughtful, provocative, and entertaining. Here's one great passage:
One of the few silver linings of the Deepwater Horizon disaster is that it demonstrates that views like those of Rand Paul are basically immature, adolescent views of property. They remind me of teenagers who like to put up signs on their bedroom doors warning their siblings and parents not to enter at any cost.
Of course property rights serve many important values. They promote investment in resources and encourage industry. They protect privacy and individual autonomy. But there are many situations where property rights matter very little.
Read the whole thing!
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