„The true conservative seeks to protect the system of private property and free enterprise by correcting such injustices and inequalities as arise from it.“
Roosevelt here slightly misquotes Thomas Babington Macaulay, who in a speech on parliamentary reform (2 March 1831) asserted: "The voice of great events is proclaiming to us, Reform, that you may preserve."
1930s, Address at the Democratic State Convention, Syracuse, New York (1936)
Kontext: The true conservative seeks to protect the system of private property and free enterprise by correcting such injustices and inequalities as arise from it. The most serious threat to our institutions comes from those who refuse to face the need for change. Liberalism becomes the protection for the far-sighted conservative.
Never has a Nation made greater strides in the safeguarding of democracy than we have made during the past three years. Wise and prudent men — intelligent conservatives — have long known that in a changing world worthy institutions can be conserved only by adjusting them to the changing time. In the words of the great essayist, "The voice of great events is proclaiming to us. Reform if you would preserve." I am that kind of conservative because I am that kind of liberal.
„In conditions of private property … “life-activity” stands in the service of property instead of property standing the service of free life-activity.“
— Herbert Marcuse German philosopher, sociologist, and political theorist 1898 - 1979
"The Foundations of Historical Materialism," Studies in Critical Philosophy (1972), p. 32
„In a covenant…among proprietor and community tenants for the purpose of protecting their private property, no such thing as a right to free (unlimited) speech exists, not even to unlimited speech on one’s own tenant-property. One may say innumerable things and promote almost any idea under the sun, but naturally no one is permitted to advocate ideas contrary to the very covenant of preserving and protecting private property, such as democracy and communism. There can be no tolerance toward democrats and communists in a libertarian social order. They will have to be physically separated and removed from society.“
— Hans-Hermann Hoppe, buch Democracy: The God That Failed
Quelle: Democracy: The God That Failed (2001), P. 218.
„Even a child can see that an industrial enterprise would have neither net profits nor profits in general without the participation of the worker. Why does he receive only a wage from the entrepreneur instead of a share in the profits? There is no other reason other than the fact that the means of production are the private property of the entrepreneur. … This inequality and dependence is precisely the injustice that we don't want.“
— Karl Barth Swiss Protestant theologian 1886 - 1968
Quelle: "Jesus Christ and the Movement for Social Justice" (1911), p. 44
„No, on the contrary, the Constitution exists to protect that right. The important point is that the Constitution exists to protect individual liberty and individual property. In fact, the most important of all of the rights, really the foundation of all rights, are the rights to private property. But the right to private property is a right for each individual human being to own himself.“
— Harry V. Jaffa American historian and collegiate professor 1918 - 2015
2000s, The Real Abraham Lincoln: A Debate (2002), Q&A
„The slave frees himself when, of all the relations of private property, he abolishes only the relation of slavery and thereby becomes a proletarian; the proletarian can free himself only by abolishing private property in general.“
— Friedrich Engels German social scientist, author, political theorist, and philosopher 1820 - 1895
„Medieval corporations owned property, and they often engaged in complex financial arrangements, but in no case were they profit-seeking enterprises in the modern sense.“
— David Graeber American anthropologist and anarchist 1961
Quelle: Debt: The First 5,000 Years (2011), Chapter Ten, "The Middle Ages", p. 305
„It is immoral to use private property in order to alleviate the horrible evils that result from the institution of private property.“
— Oscar Wilde, buch Der Sozialismus und die Seele des Menschen
The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1891)
„Our environment can best be preserved and enhanced by better protection of property rights in a free-market economy.
Private individuals—not socialist governments—are the best stewards of the environment.
China and the old Soviet bloc proved that point once and for all.“
— Trevor Loudon New Zealand politician
"Green Is the New Red" https://www.theepochtimes.com/green-is-the-new-red_2778949.html
„We are united in our determination to change the present system of international relations, based as it is on injustice, inequality and oppression. In international politics we act as an independent world force.“
— Fidel Castro former First Secretary of the Communist Party and President of Cuba 1926 - 2016
On Behalf of the Movement of Nonaligned Countries (1979)
„Canada needs to dismantle its public health-care system and allow private enterprise to get involved and turn a profit.“
— Sarah Palin American politician 1964
[2009-12-18, Backlash boots Palin from hospital fundraising, Toronto Sun, http://www.torontosun.com/news/world/2009/12/18/12204771-qmi.html]
„Egalitarianism, in every form and shape, is incompatible with the idea of private property. Private property implies exclusivity, inequality, and difference. And cultural relativism is incompatible with the fundamental----indeed foundational----fact of families and intergenerational kinship relations. Families and kinship relations imply cultural absolutism.“
— Hans-Hermann Hoppe, buch Democracy: The God That Failed
Quelle: Democracy: The God That Failed (2001), P.217
„A theoretical defense of private property as a feature of Natural Law, however, was not fully made until the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the age of Jean Bodin and Hugo Grotius. But that the idea occurred to Romans is evident from Cicero’s argument that government could not interfere with private property because it had been created in order to protect it.“
— Richard Pipes American historian 1923 - 2018
Quelle: Property and Freedom (1999), pp. 12-13
— Adam Smith Scottish moral philosopher and political economist 1723 - 1790
Quelle: (1776), Book V, Chapter I, Part II, p. 770.
Quelle: The Wealth of Nations
„By relying primarily on voluntary co-operation and private enterprise, in both economic and other activities, we can insure that the private sector is a check on the powers of the governmental sector and an effective protection of freedom of speech, of religion, and of thought.“
— Milton Friedman, buch Capitalism and Freedom
Introduction, p. 3
Capitalism and Freedom (1962)
— Anthony de Mello Indian writer 1931 - 1987
Quelle: One Minute Nonsense (1992), p. 33
„The profit motive should not be confused with the profit system. By the profit system, of course, we mean the institution of private property in capital goods and the free private enterprise that goes along with it. There is no reason why the "profit motive" should be necessarily connected with the profit system. In a profit system there is nothing to prevent anyone acting on altruistic lines; there is no law that says a businessman must maximize his profits. If a businessman chose to operate with outputs, prices, and wages that yielded him a smaller profit than the maximum, but which he felt were socially more desirable, there is nothing in the profit system that would prevent him from doing this. Nothing in the profit system would prevent the most ardent liberal from refusing an increase in wages, or from accepting an unpleasant and poorly paid job. At the other extreme, there is nothing in a communist system that would do away with the profit motive, or the "advantage motive."“
— Kenneth E. Boulding British-American economist 1910 - 1993
Quelle: 1940s, The Economics of Peace, 1945, p. 239
„The sense of justice and injustice is not deriv'd from nature, but arises artificially… from education, and human conventions.“
— David Hume, buch A Treatise of Human Nature
Part 2, 1.17
A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40), Book 3: Of morals
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
Speech to the Second National Convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights – Chicago (25 March 1966), as quoted in Dan Munro, "America's Forgotten Civil Right - Healthcare" http://www.forbes.com/sites/danmunro/2013/08/28/americas-forgotten-civil-right-healthcare/, Forbes (28 August 2013). See also: Amanda Moore, "Tracking Down Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Words on Health Care", Huffington Post (18 August 2013) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amanda-moore/martin-luther-king-health-care_b_2506393.html
„It may be laid down, as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every citizen who enjoys the protection of a free government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defence of it“
— George Washington first President of the United States 1732 - 1799
"Sentiments on a Peace Establishment" in a letter to Alexander Hamilton (2 May 1783); published in The Writings of George Washington (1938), edited by John C. Fitzpatrick, Vol. 26, p. 289
Kontext: It may be laid down, as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every citizen who enjoys the protection of a free government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defence of it, and consequently that the Citizens of America (with a few legal and official exceptions) from 18 to 50 Years of Age should be borne on the Militia Rolls, provided with uniform Arms, and so far accustomed to the use of them, that the Total strength of the Country might be called forth at Short Notice on any very interesting Emergency.