Property Rights - "Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom" by Ron Paul

"A clear understanding of the right to own private property is crucial in maintaining a free society. Without this, a free society cannot exist."

Quotes from "Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom" by Ron Paul

"In a free society, the land is owned by the people, not the government. We started out rather well in our early history, and a reasonable precedent was set for the land east of the Mississippi. Even today, federal ownership of the land in the eastern third of the United States is minimal, but there’s a steady effort by the authoritarians in Congress to continually increase federal ownership of land across the entire country...."

"Government management of land is atrocious. Management of the commons, whether it’s grazing or mining, proves to be bureaucratic, inefficient, and serving the special interests..."

"Taxation and regulations are so cumbersome that landowners are essentially renters with no rights to the land. If taxes are not paid, the land is quickly taken by the state. School taxes are especially onerous throughout the country—with little to show for them..."

"The federal government uses an iron fist to show that it is the real “owner” by overriding all state and local laws. Many times these rules and regulations are driven by radical environmentalists. The Environmental Protection Agency, Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Corps of Engineers, all must be satisfied. There are strong hints that the United Nations will be involved in land management in the United States as well..."