Measured Against Reality

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Property Rights? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Property Rights!

This is a pretty weird article. Some students in a private school in Seattle were building a town out of Legos when it accidentally got destroyed. The children had apparently been incorporating capitalistic values into the buildings, values like owning what you build, which these teachers frowned upon.

So during the rebuilding of the town, they were taught that:

"All structures are public structures."

"All structures will be standard sizes."

"A house is good because it is a community house."

"We should have equal houses. They should be standard sizes."

"It's important to have the same amount of power as other people over your building."

Is it just me, or is this insane? Is communism even that strict about property rights? We all know how well that works. Or maybe these people believe fervently in eminent domain, although I can only assume they haven't had their home stolen from them "for the greater good."

Although I don't have access to the original article, and the summary of it in the linked article above may be biased. However, if it's accurate, I seriously hope someone reeducates these children about the value of property.

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