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University of Michigan, March 14th: Professor Adam Mossoff

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"The Rise and Fall of Property in America"

Who: Professor Adam Mossoff, Michigan State University College of Law

What: A talk on the rise and fall of property rights in America, discussing the intellectual history of the right to property and how early twentieth-century Progressives destroyed property rights.

When: Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30pm

Where: University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Angell Hall Auditorium D

The public and media are invited. Admission is FREE.

Summary: What happened to property rights in America? Our laws today do little to protect property owners from either the dictator abroad or the bureaucrat in D.C. How did this come to pass in a country founded on the principle that all men have the inalienable right to life, liberty and property? In this lecture, Professor Adam Mossoff explains the rise and fall of property rights in America. He first discusses the intellectual history of the right to property and how the Founding Fathers turned 17th-century theory into 18th-century practice. He then explains how early twentieth-century Progressives destroyed property in order to remove this fundamental obstacle to the implementation of their socialist programs.

The effects of this assault are still felt today, which he illustrates with examples from famous and recent court cases in which judges disintegrated basic property protections, such as the Supreme Court's recent decision in Kelo v. City of New London. Ultimately, the lesson to be learned is that a renaissance in the protection of property rights will not occur through politics or law, but rather in the proper justification of property as a fundamental moral right.

Sponsored by the University of Michigan Students of Objectivism (UMSO)

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Hi Andrew,

Before winter break I attended Dr. Lewis' talk about Islamic totalitariamism and I had thought it was announced that there would be a talk this Tuesday. Do you know whether there are two talks this week, one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday, or is there just this one?

Thanks.

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Professor Mossoff's talk is this WEDNESDAY MARCH 14. If the announcement made at Dr. Lewis' talk stated Tuesday I apologize for the mistake, but there is only one Objectivist talk this week at U of M and it is on Wednesday.

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Professor Mossoff's talk is this WEDNESDAY MARCH 14. If the announcement made at Dr. Lewis' talk stated Tuesday I apologize for the mistake, but there is only one Objectivist talk this week at U of M and it is on Wednesday.

Thanks, Andrew-- I hope to be there.

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