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"Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow?

No! Says the man in Washington. It belongs to the poor.
No! Says the man in Vatican. It belongs to god.
No! Says the man in Moscow. It belongs to everyone.

I rejected those answers. Instead, I chose something different."

Propertarianism, or Proprietarianism, is a political ideology which reduces political philosophy to the respect of the right to private property[1], that is, reducing it to the explanation of the just distribution of scarce resources, and the just retaliation if this right is violated.
It's an advocator of property, based on Neo-Lockean homestead principle, which states that the only ways property can be legitimately obtained is either by mixing your labor with unowned resources, or trading it, being gifted it by the previous owner, or by producing new property, although it chooses to reject the Lockean proviso,[2] which states that it is only applicable when there is enough and of same quality for everybody else to claim.

It is closely related to Right-Libertarianism because of its similar advocacy for the right of private property, and it can even be called the basis of it. It also usually related to the idea that the state monopoly should be replaced for systems like contractual law, the state only enforcing these contracts and private property. Propertarianism, although it can be simplified as being advocated by Capitalism in general, it is more closely advocated by Anarcho-Capitalist and Minarchist circles.

According to certain advocates it is simply a synonym with Capitalism.[3]


The term was coined by Edward Cain in 1963 since the use of Liberty of some Libertarian circles at the time used property rights as a synonym with "liberty". He thought that it would be useful to have a term to refer to people whose definition of liberty is similar to this. In his words he lists Ayn Rand as a Radical Capitalist and the closest to "Propertarianism" that he could think of.[4]

Propertarian was later employed by Marcus Cunliffe as a characteristic of American history as a whole[5] and then by David Boaz, who defined it as the main moral and legal institution that ensured the creation of privacy rights.[6]

Then, Brian Doherty, regards Murray Rothbard styled Libertarianism as Propertarianism due to his "reduction" of human rights to the right of property, starting with the right to self-ownership.[7]

Personality and Behavior

  • Acts like a stereotypical landchad.

How to Draw

Flag of Propertarianism
  1. Draw a ball,
  2. Color the ball yellow ,
  3. Put a red cross in the middle,
  4. Make a grey swan and give it a lighter red bill,
  5. Add the eyes and you're done!
Color Name HEX RGB
Yellow #EDEF22 237, 239, 34
Red #D00A1B 208, 10, 27
Grey #232323 35, 35, 35
Light Red #DE3F2A 222, 63, 42



  • Classical Liberalism - The whole reason property rights and free markets got to be applied at all (I disagree with some anti-landchad quotes of you, though).
  • Minarchism - If there has to be state, it should do no more than you do.
  • Anarcho-Capitalism - Well, they can be enforced by companies as well, I guess.
  • Capitalism - I am you.
  • Eco-Capitalism - Pollution can harm the property rights of others.
  • Objectivism - The man is entitled to the sweat of his brow.


  • Timocracy - oh... I-uh don't know who you are talking about, I don't know him, I swear!
  • Reactionary Libertarianism - I mean, you respect feudals, but otherwise you are very, very weird.
  • Any ideology that is ambivalent towards land owners.


  • Marxism–Leninism - Dirty land stealer.
  • Maoism - Same as above, BUT EVEN DUMBER!
  • Communalism - EWWWW!
  • Schwabism - Who tf do you think you are?!
    • - Don't worry, because we can rent everything like he intended. But yes, plebs small persons like you don't deserve to own anything.
  • Circulus Theory - Stop stealing my excrements!
  • Mutualism - Calls me a thief for loving my property and thinks the exact opposite of what I think!
  • Georgism - Stupidhead who tries to take away a landowner's rights of proprietorship.
    • - I just want to more ownership of capital, not land!
  • Avaritionism - Dude, you aren't even a real capitalist. You can't just let people take the property of others in the name of survival of the fittest!
    • - I can. I don't need property laws, when I have might(both economical and physical) to own and expand it.
  • Hive-Mind Collectivism - Please fuck off.

Further Information





  1. Ralf M. Bader, John Meadowcroft, eds. (2011), The Cambridge Companion to Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia, Cambridge University Press, p. 151.
  2. See The Economics and Ethics of Private Property by Hans-Hermann Hoppe for the Propertarian explanation of the reason for the rejection of this principle
  3. Ayn Rand, Nathaniel Branden, Alan Greenspan, Robert Hessen (1967). Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. New York City: Signet.
  4. Edward Cain (1963). They'd Rather Be Right: Youth and the Conservative Movement. Macmillan. pp. 32–36.
  5. Marcus Cunliffe, The right to property: a theme in American history, Sir George Watson lecture delivered in the University of Leicester, 4 May 1973, Leicester University Press, 1974.
  6. David Boaz, Cato Institute, Toward liberty: the idea that is changing the world : 25 years of public policy from the Cato Institute, Cato Institute.
  7. Doherty, Brian (2008). "Rothbard, Murray (1926–1995)". In Hamowy, Ronald (ed.). The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE; Cato Institute. p. 442–445.