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La justice agraire opposée a la loi et monopole agraire, ou plan d’amélioration du sort des hommes

Abstract : Agrarian Justice is a short book first published in 1797 by Thomas Paine. It exposes both a philosophical reflexion on land property and its political consequences, and a practical plan designed to counterbalance the inequalities caused by this system. In the context of the French Revolution, the author shows that private property of land tends to increase the gap between those who benefit from rent, and those who are excluded from it. Paine’s inclusive and egalitarian conception of politics, and his philosophical principles grounded on natural law, lead him to consider as a necessity to fix those inequalities, so the process of civilisation is not hindered. He proposes a universal income law, made possible by a tax on inheritance, to compensate for economic inequalities inherent to modern societies based on private property.
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Thomas Paine, Yannick Bosc. La justice agraire opposée a la loi et monopole agraire, ou plan d’amélioration du sort des hommes. Tracés : Revue de Sciences Humaines, ENS Éditions, 2017, pp.191-210. ⟨10.4000/traces.7053⟩. ⟨hal-02321597⟩

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