What is Property? An Inquiry into the Principle of Right and of Government

Pierre-Joseph PROUDHON (1809 - 1865), translated by Benjamin R. TUCKER (1854 - 1939)

What Is Property?: or, An Inquiry into the Principle of Right and of Government (French: Qu'est-ce que la propriété ? ou Recherche sur le principe du Droit et du Gouvernment) is an influential work of nonfiction on the concept of property and its relation to anarchist philosophy by the French anarchist and mutualist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, first published in 1840. In the book, Proudhon most famously declared that “property is theft”. Proudhon believed that the common conception of property conflated two distinct components which, once identified, demonstrated the difference between property used to further tyranny and property used to protect liberty. He argued that the result of an individual's labor which is currently occupied or used is a legitimate form of property. Thus, he opposed unused land being regarded as property, believing that land can only be rightfully possessed by use or occupation (which he called "possession"). As an extension of his belief that legitimate property (possession) was the result of labor and occupation, he argued against such institutions as interest on loans and rent.

Genre(s): Political Science

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 PJ Proudhon, his life and works, Part 1 Deborah Brabyn
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Play 02 PJ Proudhon, his life and works, Part 2 Lynne T
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Play 03 Preface Capybara
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Play 04 Chapter One, Part 1 Mike
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Play 05 Chapter One, Part 2 Lucretia B.
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Play 06 Chapter Two, Part 1 Anna Simon
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Play 07 Chapter Two, Part 2 Tim Makarios
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Play 08 Chapter Two, Part 3 Mike
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Play 09 Chapter Three, Part 1 Guero
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Play 10 Chapter Three, Part 2 Mary Schneider
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Play 11 Chapter Three, Part 3 Mary Schneider
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Play 12 Chapter Three, Part 4 Lynne T
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Play 13 Chapter Four, Part 1 Lynne T
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Play 14 Chapter Four, Part 2 Lynne T
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Play 15 Chapter Four, Part 3 Saab
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Play 16 Chapter Four, Part 4 Julia Niedermaier
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Play 17 Chapter Four, Part 5 Lynne T
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Play 18 Chapter Five, Part 1 Diana Majlinger
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Play 19 Chapter Five, Part 2 Elin
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Play 20 Chapter Five, Part 3 Chris Clark
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Play 21 Chapter Five, Part 4 Chris Clark
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Play 22 Chapter Five, Part 5 Diana Majlinger
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Play 23 Second Memoir, Part 1 Chris Clark
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Play 24 Second Memoir, Part 2 Chris Clark
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Play 25 Second Memoir, Part 3 KHand
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Play 26 Second Memoir, Part 4 EccentricOwl
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Play 27 Second Memoir, Part 5 KHand
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Play 28 Second Memoir, Part 6 KHand
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Play 29 Second Memoir, Part 7 KHand
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Play 30 Second Memoir, Part 8 Diana Majlinger
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Play 31 Conclusion, Part 1 Edward Kirkby
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Play 32 Conclusion, Part 2 Edward Kirkby
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Play 33 Conclusion, Part 3 Edward Kirkby
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