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The weakness of the Humean approach is, of course, the obverse of its strength. As we saw in our discussion of the Coase theorem, distributive justice matters to the law and it matters to us. We would not be happy with a Humean convention ratifying slavery or cannibalism, but, for all that, Hume showed it may well be a feature of the equilibrium emerging from the age of conflict that some people are in possession of others’ bodies. And if this pattern of possession really was stable, all would gain – the slaves as well as their masters – from its ratification as property, but we would still oppose it on grounds of justice.
People may certainly cultivate land whether there is positive law or not, and the idea that others are incapable without law of forming, sharing, or acting on the view that it is wrong to interfere with or appropriate the products of another’s labor seems very implausible. Similarly, we do not seem to need the aid of legal system to explain the existence of exchange and markets. As far as we can tell, trade between the inhabitants of different regions antedates the existence of determinate legal institutions by several millennia.
Even if there is no earlier occupant-appropriator, there may still be others whose interests are affected by the first occupant – namely, those who had previously enjoyed the resource in common but who now find themselves barred by the first occupant’s putative entitlement from using or enjoying it at all. John Locke’s theory is widely regarded as the most interesting of the philosophical discussions of property, in large part because it represents an honest attempt to deal with this difficulty.