There is no such dichotomy as “human rights” versus “property rights.” No human
rights can exist without property rights. Since material goods are produced by
the mind and effort of individual men, and are needed to sustain their lives,
if the producer does not own the result of his effort, he does not own his
life. To deny property rights means to turn men into property owned by the
state. Whoever claims the “right” to “redistribute” the wealth produced by
others is claiming the “right” to treat human beings as chattel.