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The Economics of Crime by Zagros Madjd-Sadjadi

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CHAPTER 6

Crimes Against Property

Property rights are at the heart of the capitalist system and our democracy. Without ownership of our property, there can be no freedom. We would be stuck trying to protect what we perceive as “ours” through use of force at all times and thus we would be unable to progress as a society. Children very early on generally understand the concept of “mine”, although the concept of “yours” does tend to take a little longer to develop. We all feel violated when someone invades our personal space or takes our property without permission. Indeed, if you think about how we relate to others as individuals, communities, and societies, in every case, the concept of what is “mine” and what is “yours” dominates. Armies and ...

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