Attorney Robert Thomas of the Pacific Legal Foundation and Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, discuss the nature of individual rights and the role of property.
Thomas holds the classical view that property rights are at the heart of all rights. In a conversation ranging from the great ideas of America’s founders to current eminent domain conflicts, Thomas asserts that rights are “inalienable” and exist prior to the laws of any nation.
The discussion concludes with an analysis of why Thomas partnered with Grassroot Institute and other policy think tanks to defend the water rights of the City of Tombstone, Arizona in a case against the federal fovernment.
To hear why that case is relevant to personal freedom and limited, accountable government, values which both Grassroot Institute and Thomas promote, view the complete conversation here: