I assume you believe property is created by a person mixing their labor with previously unowned resources, or resources in the commons (already a big problem–but let’s plow through)
- These “free” resources don’t exist anymore. 2 points:
A) Almost* every thing in civilization is owned by someone. And if you want to exist in this closed system–and you live in a capitalist society–the value that your labor generates is literally siphoned off and taken by the capitalist under threat of violence in order to generate profit for him and repay him for the investment. (This is the violence you left out of your original post by the way, so you know, it would be good to have a look at this because it isn’t fiction.)
You must realize that unless you work for yourself, you only receive a fraction of the value your labor creates. So maybe you’d say, people are free to not work for someone that expects such a big cut of the value their labor creates, but this is where your extrapolation from first principles breaks down–because it’s is the only game in town. Everyone has agreed not to pay you the value of your labor–in fact they’ve all agreed to pay you as little as possible. So you can take that deal or literally die (because in “civilization” it’s effectively illegal to not be a property owner…ie homeless. And the homeless die. There’s more of that violence because you’re not really “free” if there are no choices.) So great–work for yourself then. Which is a good idea, unless you want to work cooperatively with other people to create a thing that you couldn’t make alone. And so you become their boss…I assume (because you believe in capitalism). So now it’s not so much about believing in life, liberty, and the pursuit of property–because you’re very happy to deny someone else of the value of their labor. Of course, a solution here is starting a cooperative but I don’t know if you’d consider that socialist. Do you?
B) So in a system where everything is owned, you have to go where things are “not owned”. The industrial revolution was funded by Inca gold, The East India tea company and other companies colonized the Americans, slaughtering the …well, you know your history and talking about colonialism is such a bummer. Anyway, I’m sure you have a way to reconcile that unimaginable violence and the acquisition of those resources with the ideas of life and liberty.
Synthesis of points A and B: “Life, liberty, and property for me but not for thee.”
*The parts that are still actually not “owned” (like international waters) are being polluted at such a rate that it is threatening all life on earth, and this is a direct consequence of capitalism and I’m sure you can look that stuff up yourself. Or maybe just go outside and enjoy the sun while you can because it looks like there are no brakes on this thing and we’re driving right off a cliff into extinction.
And a bit of trivia:
[Yesterday] in 1922, researchers at the University of Toronto announced the discovery of insulin. They sold the patent for $1 so it would be available to all. 97 years later, Eli Lilly is charging ~$300 and Americans die because they can’t afford their medication.