"the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property"
"In one word, you reproach us with intending to do away with your property. Precisely so; that is just what we intend."
-Existence of private property
-Legitimacy of its pursuit (origin of the "Protestant work ethic")
-Consequequences if violated
The struggle for this principle, the conflict between Marx and liberty has cost some 100 million valuable human lives in just the last century alone - ever since nations bagan to play with ideas generated in a single document written by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels.
Can we please see these lives as something more than a statistic, and use the sorrow to fuel our fight?
-Our current circumstances - we don't want to lose what we have. While we are motivated to share, consider the poor, etc, we do NOT want government forcing our hand.
-Founding Fathers - this is our country. The country we built, our Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence. It's how our country is supposed to behave.
-God's clear directive: "Thou shall not steal", respect toward other's private ownership of things.