More on property-owning democracy

Posted by Helen Wednesday, August 25, 2010 , ,

Here is an interesting quote from an article Noel Skelton published in the Spectator on May 3, 1924, entitled Private Property: A Unionist Ideal.

It follows that the extent of the distribution of private property is the measure, on its economic side, of a civilization's stability and success. Similarly, character and a sense of responsibility are rooted in a man's possession of 'something of his own'. A democracy withoug scope for the development of economic character and responsibility, cut off from private ownership, cannot be expected to understand the material foundations of civilization.
This is the exact opposite of the idea that reliance must be put on the state and property should be held by it in the people's name and for the people's good.


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