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The Best of the OLL No. 59: Louis Wolowski and Émile Levasseur, “Property II” (1864)

This is part of “The Best of the Online Library of Liberty” which is a collection of some of the most important material in the OLL. This essay was written some 10 years after that of Léon Faucher when some of the heat felt in 1852 towards the failed socialist experiments of 1848 had dissipated. Wolowski and Levasseur begin their essay quite differently with an almost poetical defence of private property and its individual and social benefits.