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" Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden; give him a nine years' lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert. "
Of Revelation and Revolution, Volume 2: The Dialectics of Modernity on a ... - Page 505
de John L. Comaroff, Jean Comaroff - 2009 - 612 pages
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Living within Limits: Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos

Garrett Hardin - 1995 - 350 pages
...long been known. Arthur Young (1741-1820), an English writer on agriculture, pointedly described them: "Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock and he will turn it into a garden; give him a nine year's lease of a garden and he will convert it into a desert." Ownership that can...
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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations

Suzy Platt - 1992 - 550 pages
...body, 958 Garcia message to G., 6 Garden lease of a g., and he will convert it into a desert, 1550 possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a g., 1550 refuge of a disappointed politician, 1395 Garibaldi, Giuseppe (1807-1882), 915 Gates are mine...
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Proceedings of the 48th Industrial Waste Conference Purdue University, May 1993

Ronald F. Wukasch - 1993 - 888 pages
...regulations, needs keen appreciation? Do We Need a Federal Garbage Man? 1t is said: "Give a man the firm possession of a bleak rock and he will turn it into a garden. Give him a nine-year lease of a garden and he will turn it into a bleak rock." Sure, certain title...
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Identities, Politics, and Rights

Austin Sarat, Thomas R. Kearns - 1997 - 452 pages
...material value of private property — in particular, to his famous popularization of Arthur Young's statement: "The magic of property turns sand into...of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden; give him nine years' lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert." See Arthur Young, Travels...
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Law, Society, and Economy: Centenary Essays for the London School of ...

Richard Rawlings, London School of Economics and Political Science - 1997 - 404 pages
...material value of private property — in partrcular, to his famous popularisation of Arthur Young's statement: The magic of property turns sand into gold...of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden; give him nine years' lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert': see A. Young. Travels...
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Property Rights in the Age of Enterprise

1997 - 446 pages
...would be a disgrace to common sense to ask the cause : the enjoyment of property must have done it. Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden ; give him a nine years' lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert." Again, November...
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Darwinian Evolution

Antony Flew - 180 pages
...one of Adam Smith's younger contemporaries and the first agricultural journalist, was wont to say: 'Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock and he will turn it into a garden: give him a nine year's lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert.' Nor was it only Smith...
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The Cambridge Companion to Mill

John Skorupski - 1998 - 612 pages
...and Western European agricultural societies and economies.25 Mill takes his text from Arthur Young: "The magic of property turns sand into gold. . . ....of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden; give him a nine-year's lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert" (Principles of Political...
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The Invention of Capitalism: Classical Political Economy and the Secret ...

Michael Perelman - 2000 - 428 pages
...he did not mean that peasants who worked on their own account were lazy. Young himself had written, "Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden" (ibid., 45). With a revealing turn of a phrase, Young recalled, "I saw nothing respectable on small...
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The Limits of Government: On Policy Competence and Economic Growth

Gunnar Eliasson, Nils Karlson - 308 pages
...sentiments regarding the superiority of ownership over tenancy. Arthur Young (1741-1820) who wrote "Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock and he will turn it into a garden; give him a nine year lease on a garden and he will turn it into a desert" (Hardin, 1993, p 216) is...
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