Thursday, March 31, 2016

Property Rights In Israel

It is interesting property rights are not absolute in Israel -

The land shall not be sold in perpetuity for the land is mine and
you shall be strangers and temporary residents with me
(Leviticus 25:23)

In Hong Kong, which is about as peaceful and prosperous a polity as can be imagined, land cannot be owned either.

Plutarch makes much of land reform and property redistribution in his "Makers of Rome."  It seems to be a recurring problem, with Mohammed allowing land unused for 3 years to be assumed by whomever will work, and common law in Christian lands allowing for a process called adverse possession (but ten years).

ON the one hand the religions assume, even demand, that the land be worked.  But also presume this is not perpetual or eternal.
Property is generally defined as what you mix with your labor, and perhaps that can be refined to "as long as you are mixing it with your labor."  As they say in biology, use it or lose it.

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