In the United States, we have an obsession with property. This obsession can be traced back to our foundations. The founding fathers, (Jefferson is a great example) were very much influenced by political theorist John Locke. As anyone who has read Locke’s treatises can tell you, Locke envisions government’s primary purpose is securing the property of its citizens. The means by which government does this is fairly obvious in cases of physical property. If you steal from someone, you are held criminally liable. The question is what happens you aren’t taking anything physical? What
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