Morality of Property

Cite this article as:"Morality of Property," in The Business Professor, updated January 30, 2015, last accessed October 25, 2020,


What views characterize the debate surrounding the morality of property ownership?

  • The primary criticism of private property is that it allows some people to possess more than they need while others have need.
  • The moral defense of property is that it produces a greater common good than other systems for distributing resources.
    • Note: the economic advancement of property-strong vs. property-weak states

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