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La propriété c'est le vol: Property is theft revisited

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This chapter focuses some questions on the impact of a property rights theory on social transformation. It answers the question: how to define the social function of property ownership when one can now observe that the political elite in Russia in general is playing with the legal concept of private property and that private ownership has even become the legitimation for a situation that clearly disbalances the public and the private? La Propriété cest le vol (Property is Theft) is the provocative formula of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon whoin opposition to Marx developed a socialist, anti-authoritarian political philosophy. The chapter examines whether the concept of private property ownership, as defined by the new Russian Federation Civil Code, has not become the victim of conceptual stretching. Privatization affects the institution of property rights in a fundamental way.

Keywords: La Propriété cest le vol; liberal theory; privatization; property ownership; property rights theory; Russian civil code



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