The Noblest Triumph: Property and Prosperity Through the Ages

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Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 20, 1999 - Political Science - 384 pages
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In The Noblest Triumph, Tom Bethell looks at the history of property rights and shows that the key role played by the institution of private property has been misunderstood by Western elites for more than a century. Beginning with the ancient Greeks and arriving at the present day, Bethell looks at basic ideas about property found in the writings of Plato, Adam Smith, Blackstone, Bentham, Marx, Mill, and others. He shows that the institution of property is inextricably tied to traditional conceptions of justice and liberty, and he argues that prosperity and civilization can only arise where private property is securely held by the people. The Noblest Triumph is an indispensable book for anyone interested in this fundamental aspect of civilization and the progress of humankind through the ages.

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Review: The Noblest Triumph: Property and Prosperity Through the Ages

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Long hiatus from when I first started and yet somehow it only enriched the experience when I finally did return. Initially, as goes history, it seemed to follow an almost boring repetitive theme ... Read full review

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User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

Tom Bethel's Book, The Noblest Triumph, is an accessible accounting of the central role of property in the American conception of liberty. What this book did for me was enable me to see the ... Read full review

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Tom Bethell is the Washington, DC correspondent for The American Spectatorand a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

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