Jon Sanders

Credit the Occupy whatever movement with this: their protests are unwittingly underscoring the critical importance of property rights. I say "unwittingly" because they apparently lack the wits to figure that out.

Reports of rape, theft, sexual assault (even against children), and other such crimes taking place within the Occupy tent villages have begun to surface. The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Occupy Baltimore has sent a memo out discouraging protesters who are sexually assaulted by fellow protesters from contacting police, but rather to let the movement handle it internally.

Put starkly, it is extremely dangerous to live in tents with a bunch of people who oppose individual rights of life, liberty, and property. Female protesters are especially at risk. Naifs with $5,500 laptops and other high-dollar items who are protesting "the rich" are also asking for trouble. Parents who mindlessly drone "think of the children" should do exactly that and leave them at home.

By now it's known that the movement is supported by Communist Party USA, the American Nazi Party, Communist China, President Barack Obama, ad nauseam. Basically, it's supported by International Socialists, National Socialists, and Don't-Call-Me-Socialists.

All strains of socialism -- whether international, national, or in-denial -- believe the individual must be subsumed to the state collective, which is euphemized "the common good." At its core, socialism out of necessity obliterates the idea that each individual has God-given rights that no man or government may take away, including life, liberty, property, freedom to pursue one's own dreams, and related freedoms.

Those all are essentially property rights, with one's own person being the first and most important. If you cannot command your own self, you are a slave. Socialists want everyone to be slaves to "the common good"; as Orwell's socialist police state taught, Freedom Is Slavery. They also prefer to be the ones deciding what exactly is the common good.

Jon Sanders

Jon Sanders is associate director of research at the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, N.C.