Owning El Salvador

Bethell, Tom
May 1982
National Review;5/28/1982, Vol. 34 Issue 10, p612
This article reports that private property--ownership--is the most important precondition for the improvement of the material circumstances of life. In El Salvador, two years ago, in phase one of the land-seizure program, land holdings of more than 1,250 acres were seized by the government and their owners were driven off with the promise of recompense at a fraction of market value. This land was then transferred to peasant cooperatives. However, in most instances, the title to the seized Salvadoran land has not been transferred to the peasants. It has been retained by the government.


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