|−|The idea of "Property" builds from a concept of personal ownership (disputed by [[liberals]] and [[communists]]). That which is owned by a person is that person' s property. In American and British law, a '' corpus'' of law is used to descry ownership that traces back, at times, many centuries. |+|
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|−|Inherent in the American way of life is the rule that a human being can never be property, a belief built upon the conservative belief in the [[ sanctity of life]]. |+|
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Property in philosophy or theology is an attribute of something that does not consist of its essence, but follows from its essence.
Private property is a foundation of Anglo-American law, and central to capitalism and free enterprise. Its roots are in slavery in the ancient world and in land under English feudalism, and its principles have been extended to stock and intellectual property.
In modern times there is universal condemnation of treating human beings as property, though only abortion and stem cell research implicitly treat human life as though it were property.