“For me property is theft!” is a popular slogan coined by Pierre Joseph Proudhon in his book “What Is Property?” By this definition, Proudhon was saying that, in his opinion, property existed because a state was imposed on individuals. This idea has had varying consequences and is still debatable among historians today.
But Proudhon was the first to use the term “property” and his argument is as simple as this: Property was not created by the state but is a creation of individuals. What was created by the state, therefore, was a form of property that was used as a means of benefiting individuals. So while he did believe that individual property rights were sacred and that it was their responsibility to respect those rights, it is important to remember that individual ownership did not emerge by itself.
Thus, individual property is not an innate part of human nature, but rather a social contract that emerge through interaction with other individuals. The idea of individualism also means that, while property is not inherent, property does exist in nature and will exist even after people have ceased to exist. If there were no property, how could an individual life exist?
Private property thus has to be created in order for people to exist. Private property is then based on different forms of rights. One such right is that of private ownership. Private ownership can be expressed in terms of personal property, in terms of physical property (property that can be moved or destroyed) or in terms of the right to have a house or apartment.
This is because one of the most common theories of property rights, according to which property is the right to use and control other people’s property, is actually a social contract. In a social contract, one or more individuals creates property rights for themselves and then share them with others in the social contract. For example, the United States Constitution grants all the citizens a right to own land, while the United Kingdom similarly grants a right of ownership to its citizens. Property rights can also be created by a government, as when a government grants a right of ownership to its citizens to live in a specific area. Property rights can also be created by law, as when a government gives individuals a legal right to have land (as in a specific parcel of land).
Property rights are thus a way to define property; a property right is the right to have property or a property right is the right to have something, either tangible or not tangible. (property). When this is defined, it becomes clear that one cannot create property without property rights, because property is not something tangible. Only when something tangible is given to another person is property given to that person. Therefore, the property is not something tangible; it is not a right that you should take but a right that is given to you. If you do not own your own anything, you have nothing to lose or gain, only if something tangible is given to you.