“The moment the idea is admitted into
society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not
a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.
If 'Thou shalt not covet' and 'Thou shalt not steal' were not commandments of
Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be
civilized or made free.”
~ John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America (1787)