Full text: Ownership

5. The Few Who Are Rich Are Accountable to All: Their 
Manner of Accumulating Wealth May Class Them 
with Murderers 91 
The Root of Accumulated Wealth Must Be Injustice: 
Private Ownership Causes Antagonisms, As If 
Nature Itself Were Indignant 94 
7. Where Is the God-Given Dignity of All, When the Poor 
Rank Beneath the Dogs of the Rich? 98 
8. The Dispersion of Property Is the Cause of Expense and 
Waste, and So of Poverty 100 
Summary 102 
Chapter 7 
Augustine: What You Have Is Not Your Own 
The Texts 108 
1. Some Terms Defined: Frui, Uti, Pecunia 109 
2. Theocratic ““Communism’’? Law Should Be Ruled by 
Ethics 110 
3. Superfluities Are Others’ Property 113 
4. Do Not Think You Are Giving from What Is 
Yours 115 
5S. Private Property Is Loss 116 
6. Do Not Entrust Your Children to Your Patrimony 
Rather Than to Your Creator 119 
7. Private Ownership Begets Manifold Miseries 119 
Summary 122 
Chapter 8 
The Patristic Response: Attack on an Ideology, 
and an Alternative Program 
The Christian Movement 127 
The Patristic Philosophy of Ownership 131 
Wealth in Itself Is Good, but the Wealthy Are 
Thieves 131 
Individual Ownership of the Koina Is Robbery 134 
Inheritance: Transmission and Accumulation of Stolen 
Goods 136 
Restitution 137 

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