segunda-feira, 12 de dezembro de 2011

Professor Richard Pipes, "Property and Freedom" (Part 1)

Public Lecture by Professor Richard Pipes - Harvard University at JIMS Israel

Richard Edgar Pipes is Baird Professor of History, Emeritus, at Harvard University who specializes in Russian history, particularly with respect to the history of the Soviet Union. During the Cold War era he headed Team B, a team of analysts organized by the Central Intelligence Agency who analyzed the strategic capacities and goals of the Soviet military and political leadership. In 1981 and 1982 he served as a member of the National Security Council, holding the post of Director of East European and Soviet Affairs under President Ronald Reagan.

In his book "Property and Freedom" Richard Pipes offers a vigorous defense of a fundamental freedom private property. "While property in some form is possible without liberty, the contrary is inconceivable," he says. Property rights give rise to the political and legal institutions that secure freedom. Their absence practically invites atrocity. The sinister regimes of Communist Russia and Nazi Germany were fiercely opposed to private property. Those regimes' "simultaneous violation of property rights and destruction of human lives," he emphasizes, "were not mere coincidences."

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