Aristotle’s Wisdom

Rather than help men grow in maturity, socialized property will stunt men’s moral development by removing their options. Men must be given the chance to be generous by granting them private property.

via Aristotle’s Legacy: The Reality and Ethics of Communal Property – Matt Summers – Mises Institute.

If you’ve missed reading Aristotle, or forgot what the old guy said, the quoted essay is a nice summary of some important points. Here’s another one:

Because of human wickedness, a polis cannot be ideal. Further, the wickedness of men cannot be corrected from the outside in, i.e., by rearranging their property and hoping that it changes their character. It must be changed from the inside out: by teaching men selflessness in hopes that they will learn to be equitable with what they have.

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