EC4#Week 3

3. Property rights

Although the focus for much legal, financial and business activity, as well as associated with increasing inequity in the world, there is little questioning of the natural or ethical basis for property. Once property mainly related to land, but it now includes ideas and expressions. Today’s dominant ‘western’ sense of property is often related back to John Locke’s mixing ‘my labour with nature’s free provision’. But does it conveniently ignore his caveats? Could we also usefully learn from the approach to property of indigenous tribes?