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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Article: Family, Property & Inheritance: Institutions for Civilization and their Enemies

Ugo Stefano Stornaiolo Silva recently published an article entitled, Family, Property & Inheritance: Institutions for Civilization and their Enemies, Wills, Trusts, & Estates Law ejournal (2021). Provided below is the abstract to the Article: Estate planning

English Abstract: In the history of ideas, few institutions are as important or are as closely related as Family, Property, and Inheritance, for on the establishment and function of an ordered society.

About them, many perspectives have been taken by legal and political thinkers and philosophers on both the traditional Catholic and libertarian schools and their contemporary variants, which coincidentally agree that all of them are products of a perennial order, in most cases of a spontaneous origin that manifests itself within Natural Law, and as such, must be protected by positive legislation, although its relation is always understood as one of logic and not one of institutions.

On the other hand, an opposing and hostile perspective on Family, Property, and Inheritance is promoted by revolutionary Marxism, revealing that, at least on its negation, there is a universal outlook on the mutual need of these three institutions to subsist as part of the social order, and particularly, as legal institutions, which uses, and formal aspects are protected by legislation to be applied in a particular community.

By exploring these stances, as well as the proper definitions of Civilization, and order, one may understand the meaning of family, private property, and inheritance, as well as their legal conceptions in the history of ideas, and the way they are universally opposed by the Marxist schools of thought, based on their own revolutionary ends.

Spanish Abstract: En la historia de las ideas, pocas instituciones son tan importantes o están tan estrechamente relacionadas como la Familia, la Propiedad y la Herencia, por lo que respecta al establecimiento y funcionamiento de una sociedad ordenada.
Sobre ellos, pensadores y filósofos jurídicos y políticos han adoptado muchas perspectivas tanto sobre las escuelas tradicionales católicas como libertarias y sus variantes contemporáneas, que coinciden en que todas ellas son producto de un orden perenne, en la mayoría de los casos de un origen espontáneo que se manifiesta dentro del Derecho Natural, y como tal, debe ser amparado por una legislación positiva, aunque su relación se entiende siempre como lógica y no institucional.
Por otro lado, el marxismo revolucionario promueve una perspectiva opuesta y hostil sobre la familia, la propiedad y la herencia, revelando que, al menos en su negación, existe una perspectiva universal sobre la necesidad mutua de estas tres instituciones de subsistir como parte de el orden social, y en particular, como instituciones jurídicas, cuyos usos y aspectos formales están protegidos por la legislación para ser aplicada en una determinada comunidad.
Al explorar estas posturas, así como las definiciones adecuadas de civilización y orden, se puede comprender el significado de familia, propiedad privada y herencia, así como sus concepciones jurídicas en la historia de las ideas, y la forma en que se oponen universalmente. por las escuelas de pensamiento de tipo marxista, basadas en sus propios fines revolucionarios.

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