Is there the right to breathe and occupy space, the right to occupancy as a living being? Does having to pay rent and pay mortgages infringe on the right to life by having to pay to be in a space and to have your personal space?
From Collis Huntington
USA Fast Food Worker
Think of a world in which everyone -- at least initially, when they come of age -- is entitled to a space of their own with enough space left over for roads, markets, and the like. In that world, it might be fair to ask anyone who wants to occupy more than a fair share of privately occupied land to pay compensation to those who occupy less than a fair share. In that world, you would be entitled to occupy up to a fair share of privately occupied land without paying any rent or mortgage to anyone. Do you have a right that our world be organized in the way just sketched? I think in one sense yes and in one sense no. Yes in the sense that you cannot rightly be forced to make do with less than what you would have in that imaginary world. Many people growing up under feudalism were forced to work for a landowner, and accept his near-complete personal domination, in order to survive. And this was unjust coercion based on leaving people no option as good as what they would have in the imaginary world...