February 28, 2007

Teaching Kids That Property Rights Are Evil

By Teaching Kids That Property Rights Are Evil

by Timothy Sandefur

This is truly beyond belief. TCS Daily writer Maureen Martin reports on a Seattle school that banned Legos in an attempt to teach children that private property is evil. The kids had built a whole Lego-town, which the teachers saw as an opportunity to teach children that ownership is bad and that property leads to "class-based, capitalist society — a society that we teachers believe to be unjust and oppressive." Of course, in some ways, this really does teach kids an important lesson about property rights, and about those who would violate property rights. The end of property rights means that "'All structures are public structures' and 'All structures will be standard sizes.'" In other words, property rights help protect our individual uniqueness, our special personal identities. Abolishing property rights puts uniformity and singularity over variety and diversity.

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