We're here today for another dialog. It will be
short this time, I promise you. But I think it
will be important.
We argue constantly these days about the
proper role of government, the proper extent of
regulation, and the proper level of taxation. On
the one hand there are those who believe that
both the scope of government and level of
taxation should be minimized. On the other
hand there are those who believe that the
government should be quite active
in solving social problems and that taxes,
especially on the rich, should be much higher.
Problem solving costs money.
We have been arguing about this sort of thing
for a long time and I don't think we will settle
it today. But I do think we can bring out some
of the questions and arguments related to one of
the most fundamental points at issue: the nature
of property and property rights. I know that you
talked about this some in our dialog on justice,
but I want you to say more. I think this issue
is crucially important to a degree that most
Americans don't recognize.
You have all read John Locke, John Rawls,
Robert Nozick and some of their critics. What do