David R. Henderson has a nice piece on property rights. The title of this post is a quote from Henderson’s article.
It’s a nice piece with three example of “policy issues’ that cause conflict and one that does not cause conflict. Here’s his first paragraph:
Should restaurants allow smoking or not? Should schools teach evolution or intelligent design or both? Should insurance companies cover contraception? Should I be able to take off my shoes in your living room?
Most people think that the first three are policy issues, while the fourth is a private issue. Henderson shows are not policy issues at all. People only think they are policy issues because governments have already taken away property rights. It’s a quick read, and well worth the time.