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by Bernard H. Siegan

Property Rights: From Magna Carta to the Fourteenth Amendment (New Studies in Social Policy, 3) download ebook
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Bernard H. Siegan
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Siegan conducts an exhaustive examination of property rights cases decided by state courts between the time of the ratification of the . Constitution in 1788 and the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868.

Siegan conducts an exhaustive examination of property rights cases decided by state courts between the time of the ratification of the .

Bernard Herbert Siegan, American Lawyer, educator. Siegan conducts an exhaustive examination of property rights cases decided by state courts between the time of the ratification of the .

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The New York Times called Siegan's nomination "one of the most bitterly disputed judicial nominations of the Reagan Er. 1 Early life and education. 2 Professional and academic career. 3 Nomination to the Ninth Circuit. 5 Selected works Professional and academic career.

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Bernard Siegan's unsuccessful nomination to a federal appellate judgeship was one of the most bitterly .

Bernard Siegan's unsuccessful nomination to a federal appellate judgeship was one of the most bitterly disputed judicial nominations of the Reagan er. In early 1987, President Ronald Reagan nominated Professor Siegan to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which comprises nine Western states, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. In July 1988, after nearly a year and a half in which Professor Siegan was publicly denounced by liberals and also by some conservatives, the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected his nomination. Professor Siegan was best known for his ardent libertarian views on economic matters, and on property rights in particular.

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Property Rights: From Magna Carta to the Fourteenth Amendment (Sexuality & Culture,) Bernard H. Together, they provide newcomers with a unified introduction to this vibrant subject. ―Michael Heller, University of Michigan Law School. This excellent survey of the property rights literature belongs on the shelf of everyone interested in the subject.

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Property Rights from Magna Carta to the Fourteenth Amendment

Property Rights from Magna Carta to the Fourteenth Amendment. Bernard H. Siegan, Property Rights from Magna Carta to the Fourteenth Amendment, 2 (Transaction, 2001). Edmundson An Introduction to Rights (Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy and Law. Jan 2004. His book offers a framework for understanding the structure of the Ptolemaic state and economy, as well as the relationship between the new Ptolemaic economic institutions and the ancient Egyptian legal. traditions of property rights. Historians of Egypt and the Hellenistic world will welcome the volume.

Property Rights: From Magna Carta to the Fourteenth Amendment breaks new ground in our understanding of the genesis of property rights in the United States. According to the standard interpretation, echoed by as lofty an authority as Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, the courts did little in the way of protecting property rights in the early years of our nation. Not only does Siegan find this accepted teaching erroneous, but he finds post-Colonial jurisprudence to be firmly rooted in English common law and the writings of its most revered interpreters.

Siegan conducts an exhaustive examination of property rights cases decided by state courts between the time of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1788 and the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868. This inventory, which in its sweep captures scores of cases overlooked by previous commentators on the history of property rights, reveals that the protection of these rights is neither a relatively new phenomenon nor a heritage with precarious pedigree. These court cases, as well as early state constitutions, consistently and repeatedly embraced key elements of a property rights jurisprudence, such as protection of the privileges and immunities of citizens, due process of law, equal protection under the law, and prohibitions on the taking of property without just compensation. Case law provides overwhelming evidence that the American legal system, from its inception, has held property rights and their protection in the highest regard.

The American Revolution, Siegan reminds us, was fought largely to affirm and protect private property rights-that is, to uphold the "rights of Englishmen"-even if it meant that the colonists would cease being Englishmen. John Locke and other great theoreticians of property rights understood their importance, not only to individuals who happened to possess property, but to the preservation of a free society and to the prosperity of its inhabitants. Siegan's contribution to this venerable tradition lies in his faithful reconstruction of our legal history, which allows us to see just how central property rights have been to the American experiment in liberty-from the very beginning.

Reviews:
  • Ceck
Finally, a book that ties the long road to liberty and freedom together in one book. Bernard H. Siegan has done a brilliant job of defining the history that led to the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights and why the Constitution is so critically important today. Even more important, he exposes the horrendous revisionist lie by progressive jurists that the writings of Sir Edward Coke, John Locke and Sir William Blackstone played little attention in deciding Supreme Court decisions--especially those of property rights. Siegan's detailed analysis shows just the opposite is true.
  • Ice_One_Guys
I thought, "Another book on the history of property rights. Is there a reason for it?"
There was. Though I didn't see it right away, I knew of the author, Prof. Bernard Siegan of the University of San Diego School of Law. Siegan had written two books, Economic Liberties and the Constitution (1980) and Property and Freedom (1997), both of them supportive of property rights and the freedom of contract.
This new book begins with the Magna Carta, from which sprang the phrase "due process of law." Siegan traces the historical march of due process, and its allied idea that when the state takes private property it should have to pay. Through the English common law and commentaries, the American state constitutions and the U.S. constitution, Siegan lines up his analytical cannons. The enemy is at first unidentified. Then, halfway through, he appears: Justice Harry Blackmun, who brought up the losing side in the 1992 property-rights case, Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council.
In the majority's decision in that case, written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the supporters of property rights reclaimed important territory from the administrative state. But Blackmun, a defender of the state, penned an ambitious dissent. In the decade since the Lucas triumph, Siegan has seen Blackmun's dissent quoted again and again. More than anything else, Siegan's book is a preemptive strike against Blackmun's historical argument, to provide ammunition for justices who would reject it.
Blackmun argued that for more than a century, courts had been allowing governments to wipe out all commercial uses of property in order to protect the public good. There was, for example, Mugler v. Kansas, an 1876 case in which the owner of a brewery sued for compensation when Kansas went "dry." The court said it was too bad; that the legislature had declared beer to be "injurious to the health, morals and safety of the community," and Mugler was out of luck. Blackmun argued that this was normal. He wrote: "The principle that the State should compensate individuals for property taken for public use was not widely established in America at the time of the Revolution." He wrote, "State governments often felt free to take property for roads and other public projects without paying compensation to the owners."
Siegan argues that the American legal tradition was quite different from Blackmun's anti-property view. On the taking of property for roads, he shows that the main case Blackmun cited to prove his point does no such thing, and that of all the states as of 1860, only one, South Carolina, allowed the uncompensated taking of land to build roads.
Blackmun had not quoted any federal cases before 1870, but Siegan does. Siegan then offers 60 pages on the Fourteenth Amendment, focusing on the due process and the privileges or immunities clauses. Here he shows that the legislators who proposed these provisions, revised them, debated them and approved them thought of them as highly protective of property owners. They did not mean to say that state legislatures could devalue private property to near-zero by citing some general public interest.
In the final part of the book, Siegan goes well beyond a reply to Blackmun. Siegan presents the Fourteenth Amendment as the great battering ram for individual liberty, if only judges understood what it it was meant to say and do-particularly those old English phrases, "due process of law" and "privileges or immunities."
One may ask why all this history matters. One might as well ask why scholars today should be arguing so hotly about whether 19th century Americans owned guns. It is because we have the same issue today. And Siegan's argument in this book is part of an argument about what to do today about wetlands, salmon streams, urban-growth boundaries, design review and other such unhistorical things.
This book does not argue, as the pro-government side will probably portray it, that property rights are absolute. In our tradition, no rights are absolute. Some rights, such as the right to freedom of speech, have an extensive territory-greater today than in the 19th century. Some rights, such as the freedom to contract over the sale of one's labor, formerly had a large territory, and since the 1930s is vastly shrunken. Lucas and other decisions of the past 15 years have extended the right of property to a medium-sized domain, less than that of free speech but greater than freedom of contract.
Siegan's life work has been to make an historical and legal case for the property-rights territory to be larger. He makes it brilliantly in this book, and by focusing part of it on Blackmun, he raises the chance that his argument will count.