The vacant land belongs to the landless. The simple fact that the one is vacant and the other landless is of itself the highest proof that they should be allowed to come together. Alas, what a crime against nature that they should be kept apart.
— GERRIT SMITH, Smith's Speeches in the U. S. Congress, p. 247 (1854).
The earth in its natural uncultivated state was, and ever would have continued to be, the common property of the human race.
—THOMAS PAINE, Agrarian Justice (1797), Paine's Writings, Vol. III,, p. 329.