America’s Founders understood clearly that private property is the foundation not only of prosperity but of freedom itself. Thus, through the common law, state law, and the Constitution they protected property rights—the rights of people to freely acquire, use, and dispose of property. With the growth of modern government, however, those rights have been seriously compromised.

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Commentary

Rebel Farmers and Government Cartels: How the New Deal Cartelized U.S. Agriculture

By Trevor Burrus. Forbes.com. April 24, 2015.

Raisin a Laugh at the Supreme Court

By Trevor Burrus. Newsweek. April 24, 2015.

One Small Step against Tyranny

By Richard W. Rahn. Washington Times. March 30, 2015.

Cato Studies

An Innovative Approach to Land Registration in the Developing World: Using Technology to Bypass the Bureaucracy

By Peter F. Schaefer and Clayton Schaefer. Policy Analysis No. 765. December 3, 2014.

Misallocation, Property Rights, and Access to Finance: Evidence from within and across Africa

By Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan and Bent E. Sørensen. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 7. August 6, 2014.

Reducing Livability: How Sustainability Planning Threatens the American Dream

By Randal O’Toole. Policy Analysis No. 740. October 28, 2013.

Articles

Ending Legalized Piracy: Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

Roger Pilon and Trevor Burrus. Policy Priorities for the 114th Congress. 2015.

Judicial Takings and Scalia’s Shifting Sands

Ilya Shapiro and Trevor Burrus. Vermont Law Review. Vol. 35. No. 2. Winter 2010.

The Constitutional Protection of Property Rights: America and Europe

Roger Pilon. Economic Education Bulletin. June 2008.

Public Filings

People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

By Roger Pilon, Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, Julio Colomba, Jonathan H. Adler, & Josh Blackman. Legal Briefs. May 26, 2015.

Horne v. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

By Steffen N. Johnson, Eimeric Reig-Plessis, Christopher E. Mills, Ilya Shapiro, & Trevor Burrus. Legal Briefs. March 9, 2015.

Kurtz v. Verizon New York, Inc.

By J. David Breemer, Christopher M. Kieser, Ilya Shapiro, & Trevor Burrus. Legal Briefs. November 14, 2014.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Events

Magna Carta and the Rule of Law around the World

Featuring Ilya Shapiro, Roger Pilon, Tom G. Palmer, Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar, & Ian Vásquez. June 4, 2015. Conference.

Mugged by the State: When Regulators and Prosecutors Bully Citizens

Featuring Tim Lynch. May 19, 2014. Policy Forum.

Securing Land Rights for Chinese Farmers: The Progress So Far

Featuring Ian Vásquez. April 6, 2009. Policy Forum.