Human Rights Review

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 379–392 | Cite as

Reparations, Once Again

  • Wilton D. Alston
  • Walter E. Block


Reparations whether to blacks for slavery, or to Indians for land theft, or to settle any number of other conflicts, has an interesting political background. Analysts on the left, who are usually no friend of private property rights, nevertheless rely on this doctrine to support their case for reparations. Those on the right, in contrast, who supposedly defend the institution of property rights, jettison them when it comes to reparations. It is only libertarians, such as the present authors, who both favor private property rights in general, and, also, apply them to the issue of reparations, who are logically consistent.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Private ScholarRochesterUSA
  2. 2.College of Business AdministrationLoyola University New OrleansNew OrleansUSA

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