陈凯论坛 Kai Chen Forum 不自由，毋宁死! Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death! 陈凯博客 Kai Chen Blog: www.blogspot.com 陈凯电邮 Kai Chen Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 陈凯电话 Kai Chen Telephone: 661-367-7556
私产权是强化个体的必须 Private Ownership Is Key to Individuali
私产权是强化个体的必须 Private Ownership Is Key to Individualityin 陈凯论坛 Kai Chen Forum 不自由，毋宁死! Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death! Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:02 am
by fountainheadkc • 1.385 Posts
Private Ownership Is Key to Individuality
Those who only worry about their food source, not their mind and souls will always starve. --- Kai Chen
那些只考虑他们的食物从哪来而从不关心他们的头脑，精神与灵魂的人们永远逃不脱饥饿的压迫与威胁。 --- 陈凯
China has never had private ownership of property, for China has never had any institution to ensure private citizens' rights to own and maintain their properties, since the beginning of the first Chinese dynasty. Since then all land in China has either belonged to emperors, or the so-called "public" under the communists.
In essence, the Chinese have never had any private property, not to mention private means of production, for they have never had any private land. Anybody from the government can take away any private citizen's property at any time, for it is on emperors' or public land, under varieties of lofty titles. Even the individual Chinese citizens have always been nothing more than emperors' and the dictators' private posessions. They can take away your life, your freedom, your rights to pursue happiness any time they want. They can experiment with your lives under the titles such as "revolution" or "reform" or "war with foreign devils". Terror and tyranny are the only words to describe the state under which the Chinese have always been subjected by their own government. More accurately, the Chinese have always allowed themselves to be subjected by their own government.
In absolute contrast, American society, since its beginning, has always been established on the very foundation of private ownership of properties and individuals' absolute rights to their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, as explicitly stated in the American Constitution. In America, (with John Locke's notion of government to describe it) government, like people, is also under God, under God's law, not above it. Government is only by contracting with people, there to serve the people's interests, by ensuring liberty and justice for all citizens.
The first thing American government did when it first came into being, was to sell all lands to private citizens, thus to delegate all tasks of managing lands, properties and all state of affairs in the private sphere to private individuals. By selling the land to private owners, the American government could raise funds to manage the state of affairs that belongs to the public sphere -- to protect individuals' rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, to ensure that justice be done via due process, and to protect the country from any outside foreign threat. Economy belongs only to the private sphere. Individual initiatives, creativity and ownership of means of production are crucial to an ever-expanding economic prosperity. This is true intelligence by not only applying mind to reason and understand, but by observing God's law of nature via soul and morality.
With this guarantee of rights to private citizens, individual responsibility to his or her well being has been instilled into the very bones of the American society. Stability has ensued. Prosperity a result. With this fundamental rights firmly in private hands, and with government only as the guarantor and protector of these rights, hunger and poverty have been eliminated, for human productive and creative ingenuity and drive to excellence have been liberated and released from each and everyone to their maximum.
Imagine a society composed with only people with no private property and rights to own anything, for their rights to liberty, life and property can be trampled on anything the government wants to. What a horrific and terrorizing state of living it will be! Everyone is a slave of the state, for the state and by the state, and no one is responsible for anything regarding himself or herself. My possessions are also others' possessions. Others' are also mine. Private becomes public and public private. No wonder in China which is exactly such a society, corruption is rampant. Why not corrupt, since it is the only way of distributing wealth in such a total public sphere? And where is corruption, since everyone is only, and also a possession of the government, according to logic? Where is the public, since there is no private? Where is the government, since there is no private individual and everything is governmental?
Private ownership of land and housing is crucial to the stability of a society, since the private ownership motivates everyone to be a responsible citizen, to have a stake in the public affairs, to be interested in public safety and stability. A country composed of paupers and beggers and robbers is a country composed of parasites. These parasites will never produce anything of values and they are only interested of sucking and stealing values from those who are able to produce. Such a society is a dangerous society, a corrupt society, an unstable society, a society that indulges itself in irresponsibility, sometimes murderous and suisidal impulses....
To think of it, this state of absolute poverty and irresponsibility has some appeals to someone (however sick it is), for there is a false sense of freedom and liberty in it, though there is never a sense of dignity and self-respect in it. You never have to worry about anything anymore, no mending the roof, no paying the tax, no sending your children to school, no going to doctors to check on your own health.... You are absolute nothingness, and in that nothingness you are free of all burdens and worries in life, and all responsibilites as an individual citizen. Your only entertainment is to see others suffer. Your only feeling of existence is when you rob and beg and steal. Your only sure end is a corpse on the street or in jail or in war with others.
China is a such state composed of such irresponsible individuals without private property and property rights. Thus China is indeed a dangeous place for humans and for the world community. If China is ever going to be joining the world community of freedom-loving people and countries, it must first ensure its citizens' rights to private ownership and private property, and it must entirely scrap its outdated and corrupt system of public ownership of production means, and its absolute control of land in the government's hand.
I am still waiting....
Best. Kai Chen 陈凯