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March 22, 2013 - 6:17 am

Slate’s Matt Yglesias tweeted his views on private property ownership last September.

Myth of ownership, eh?

Journalist and political blogger Matthew Yglesias bought a three-bedroom, three-bath condo on Q Street in Logan Circle for $1.2 million. In a converted Victorian rowhouse, the unit has original exposed-brick walls and a private patio. Yglesias writes about business and the economy for Slate.

So, Yglesias would be fine with the government coming and seizing his mythical house to help pay off its debts then?

h/t Ace and Jim Treacher

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Controversy and racism pays. On that note, why aren't you on top of this Adria Richards tech conference dust up? It's delicious fodder between PC bigots who think everyone else is a bigoted woman-hater. So far PC is losing. It's a classic.
1 year ago
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One more thing about Yglesias's absurd comment: he thinks only as far back as there has been government, and also has a very non-American idea of the nature of the state and property. He betrays a disdain for one of the founding principles of this country (America) regarding the rights of the individual, including his right to property. He would wipe out centuries of struggle by ordinary people (elsewhere prior to the founding of our country) to lift themselves up and acquire full rights. He would return us to no later than the 13th-century, and even then he would chose France and Spain over England and the Low Countries from whence our notions of private ownership and non-aristocratic governance are derived from.
1 year ago
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Obviously Yglesias bought a house "for the people" since he doesn't believe in private property. We should petition to share it with him via squatters' rights. You know, like in "Dr. Zhivago."
1 year ago
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How does these children warrant salaries sufficient to afford that?
1 year ago
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Bleah. English much? I think my point comes across, though.
1 year ago
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I understood you just fine.
1 year ago
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No worries, dude. Your English is adequate for the times, isn't it? :-)
1 year ago
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It's difficult to imagine that, before we developed political organization, people did not believe that they owned their personal possessions. That was all there was for hunters and gatherers to own. By the time agriculture developed, there was likely some kind of political structure that could protect rights in cultivated land, or take away the rights in favor of giving them to the political leadership.

Does Yglesias mean to imply that, because early civilization probably was not Lockean in nature, property rights do not inherently exist? Property rights are a moral issue. The government has the power to protect them or take them away. Morality requires protection of property, but government is often immoral.
1 year ago
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History, and pre-history are overwhelmingly on your side. Also, Yglesias would find Tom Paine disagreeing with him vehemently. Then again, Paine believed in "Common Sense." In that tract, the supposed "atheist" Paine drew upon the Old Testament to show that human freedom came before an age of kings.
1 year ago
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He's a lefty. He's allowed to be a hypocrite. No news here.
1 year ago
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If Matt Yglesias were to lose his job, that would be a separation of church and Slate...
1 year ago
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LOL! And do notice that his last name means "church" in Spanish. :-)
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