The truth is that private ownership of property is the greatest instrument of freedom ever designed and it is sheer folly to speak of granting a man freedom while withholding that instrument from him. – Bertel M. Sparks
What Sparks says above, PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS is in my humble opinion the single most important aspect of a civil society. Protecting them is however perhaps one of the single hardest aspects of a civil society.
How well your society does this, is the difference between life and death for some, poverty and prosperity for others and incarceration and almost unlimited powers and prestige for others.
The universal soldier from a poor family is often asked to risk and thus give up his life for the greater good. He, mostly men, can be from France or Germany, Canada or Venezuela, The Congo or Vietnam and with little wage or other monetary benefits, many become soldiers because they see little opportunity elsewhere to achieve the proverbial life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness every human being aspires to.
If we protected their private property rights, most of the deaths from warfare, both civilian and military combatants would not occur. This is true because if we protected their private property rights, it would also protect our private property rights.
One of the most important property rights is the right to keep the fruits of our labor. Where does government get the money to wage wars? From the taxes on labor and a host of other activities. This right is actually protected by the IV Amendment, the IX Amendment, and the XIII Amendment. However, if you were to read all the tax and case laws on this single highly important issue, you will find two dominant things. 1. There are a lot of them, both enacted legislation and court cases in the mix and 2. the arguments and judicial decisions have historically become more and more convoluted and unlawfully abrogated, to a point where the government, run by a relatively small ruling oligarchy, just about does anything they think they can get away with, without being lynched. The Federal government today shells out $4 trillion annually from our tax dollars and borrowing and then we wonder why so many are broke and in debt up to their eyeballs.
If the last 235 years has taught us one thing, the government will not be the entity that protects our private property rights. I thus call for the adoption of the Supreme Court Review Board, a voluntary association of Citizens to challenge when necessary, the various usurpations and unlawful abrogation that have occurred to out rule of law.