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    Propertarianism, or Proprietarianism, is a political philosophy which reduces ethics to the right of private property[1], that is, reducing it to the explanation of the just distribution of scarce resources. It's an advocator of property, based on Neo-Lockean homestead principle, which states that the only ways property can be legitimately obtained is through mixing your labor with unowned property, to trade it, being gifted it by the previous owner, or by producing new property, although it chooses to reject the Lockean proviso,[2] which states that it is only applicable when there is enough and of same quality for everybody else to claim.

    It is closely related to Libertarian.png Right-Libertarianism because of its similar advocacy for the right to private property, and it can even be called the basis of it. It also usually related to the idea that the state monopoly should be replaced for systems like contractual law, the state only enforcing these contracts and private property. Propertarianism, although it can be simplified as being advocated by Capitalism in general, it is more closely advocated by Ancapf.png Anarcho-Capitalist and Minarchist.png Minarchist circles.

    According to certain advocates it is simply a synonym with Cap.png Capitalism.[3]


    The term was coined by Edward Cain in 1963 since the use of Liberty of some Libertarian circles at the time used property as a synonym with "liberty". He thought that it would be useful to have a term to refer to people whose definition of liberty is similar to this. In his words he lists Obj.png Ayn Rand as a Radical Capitalist and the closest to that term that he could think of.[4]

    Propertarian was later employed by Marcus Cunliffe as a characteristic of American history as a whole[5] and then by David Boaz defined it as the main moral and legal institution that ensured the creation of privacy rights.[6]

    Then, Brian Doherty, regards Ancapf.png Murray Rothbard styled Libertarianism as a Propertarian due to his "reduction" of human rights to the right of property, starting with the right to self-ownership.[7]

    Personality and Behavior

    • Acts like a stereotypical landlord.

    How to Draw

    Flag of Propertarianism
    1. Draw a ball,
    2. Color the ball yellow ,
    3. Put a red cross in the middle,
    4. Make a grey swan and give it a lighter red bill,
    5. Add the eyes and you're done!
    Color Name HEX RGB
    Yellow #EDEF22 237, 239, 34
    Red #D00A1B 208, 10, 27
    Grey #232323 35, 35, 35
    Light Red #DE3F2A 222, 63, 42



    • Cap.png Capitalism - I am your synonym.
    • Clib.png Classical Liberalism - The whole reason property rights and Capitalism got to be applied at all (I disagree with some anti-landchad quotes of you, though).
    • Minarchist.png Minarchism - The state is only there to enforce contracts and protect private property.
    • Ancapf.png Anarcho-Capitalism - Well, they can be enforced by companies as well, I guess.
    • Ecocap.png Eco-Capitalism - Pollution can harm the property rights of others.
    • Any radically capitalist ideology.


    • Timocracy.png Timocracy - oh... I-uh don't know who are you talking about, I don't know him, I swear!
    • Any ideology that is ambivalent towards land owners.


    • ML.png Marxism–Leninism - Dirty land stealer.
    • Georgist.png Georgism - Stupidhead who tries to take away a landowner's rights of proprietorship.
    • Mao.png Maoism - Same as above, BUT EVEN DUMBER!
    • Communalist.png Communalism - EWWWW!
    • Mutalist.png Mutualism - Calls me a thief for loving my property and thinks the exact opposite of what I think!
    • Agorismf.png Agorism - GET OUT OF MY PROPERTY!

    Further Information





    1. Ralf M. Bader, John Meadowcroft, eds. (2011), The Cambridge Companion to Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia, Cambridge University Press, p. 151.
    2. See The Economics and Ethics of Private Property by Hans-Hermann Hoppe for the Propertarian explanation of this
    3. Ayn Rand, Nathaniel Branden, Alan Greenspan, Robert Hessen (1967). Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. New York City: Signet.
    4. Edward Cain (1963). They'd Rather Be Right: Youth and the Conservative Movement. Macmillan. pp. 32–36.
    5. Marcus Cunliffe, The right to property: a theme in American history, Sir George Watson lecture delivered in the University of Leicester, 4 May 1973, Leicester University Press, 1974.
    6. David Boaz, Cato Institute, Toward liberty: the idea that is changing the world : 25 years of public policy from the Cato Institute, Cato Institute.
    7. Doherty, Brian (2008). "Rothbard, Murray (1926–1995)". In Hamowy, Ronald (ed.). The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE; Cato Institute. p. 442–445.



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