While The Walking Dead can only imagine the propertyless
multitude as terrifying, as utterly destructive of an integrally-bound property and humanity, it also recognizes that, sometimes, the monsters bred by property's excesses are worse.
These were the Scylla and Charybdis of democratic capitalism: on the one side, mob rule by propertyless
democratic majorities; on the other side, oligarchic rule by the affluent.
In 'Anarchy and Authority in American Literature', Irving Howe cites the propertyless
status and wandering propensities of Natty Bumppo, Huck Finn and Jim, all fleeing the encroaching state in 'the clash between anarchic yearning and fixed authority'.
Of all the struggles that convulsed the occupied South--including those of Rebels versus Yankees, secessionists versus Unionists, and whites versus blacks--the struggle of the propertied versus the propertyless
was the most restrained.
Madison could foresee a time when Americans would have property or work to attain it; the interest then even of the propertyless
would be policy that protected the security of property.
Steam driven machinery, generated not only new wealth but also a propertyless
class of industrial workers.
Moreover, whereas property ownership had formerly been a requirement for Roman soldiers, the Marian reforms led to the recruitment of vast numbers of poor, propertyless
plebeians whose prospects could be enhanced if land were redistributed to them.
In The Invention, Allen posits that white supremacy came into being in the United States around the end of the 18th century as a way of maintaining class inequality: "Primary emphasis upon 'race' became the pattern only where the bourgeoisie could not form its social control apparatus without the inclusion of propertyless
Its yield is remarkable: instead of the law's having unfolded as an instrument of the propertied for terrorizing and exploiting the propertyless
, it lent itself quite as much to negotiation, accommodation, and compromise.
However, as household production gave way to factories and the ranks of propertyless
laborers swelled alarmingly, the central ideas of traditional political economy seemed tenuous at best.
His discussion of the religion of poor black women as a kind of functional equivalent of property ownership, in the sense that it gave propertyless
people a sense of efficacy in public life, is intricate and fascinating.
Is not private property abolished in an ideal sense when the propertyless
come to legislate for the propertied?