About

The PRC is the Property Rights Coalition. The group began under the leadership of a tremendous gentleman, c. Russell Wood. With his passing in May of 2011, the leadership of the organization came to rest upon Bob Parker and Doreen Hannes. Originally, the group was part of a larger national plan of Mr. Henry Lamb, a stalwart defender of property rights and a very well respected researcher and writer. The group carried the name, Ozarks Property Rights Congress, even though no one particularly like the idea of “congress” associated with the group. As occasionally happens with the plans of men, the national view of a “Property Rights Congress” did not come to fruition. So, the Ozarks Property Rights Congress was the largest operating and active group dedicated to the preservation of private property rights. There are 7 chapters of the group in Southern Missouri, with the main group meeting in Mountain Grove. You can check under our “partners” link for information about these 7 groups and many other groups.

Upon Russell Wood’s passing, Bob and Doreen realized that there needed to be more of a coalition and less of a “congress”.  With the ever increasing destruction of the rights of citizens to have control of their property and the expansion of that control paradigm going well beyond land use and zoning mechanisms, the agreement was made to adopt James Madison’s essay on Property as a significant guiding document for the groups activities.

It is our desire to bring people into contact with groups that will work together on issues at (predominately) the State level to secure our freedoms and drive back the encroachments on that freedom through knowledge, dissemination of information, and intelligent political activism.

We are dedicated to preserving our hard won freedoms through promoting transparency in government, educating the general public on issues of concern and governmental mechanisms, holding elected officials accountable to their oaths of office and the People.

Below is Madison’s Essay on Property. Please take the time to read it and if it strikes a chord with you, join us in preserving your blood bought freedoms:

“This term in its particular application means “that dominion which one man claims and exercises over the external things of the world, in exclusion of every other individual.”

In its larger and juster meaning, it embraces every thing to which a man may attach a value and have a right; and which leaves to every one else the like advantage.

In the former sense, a man’s land, or merchandize, or money is called his property.

In the latter sense, a man has a property in his opinions and the free communication of them.

He has a property of peculiar value in his religious opinions, and in the profession and practice dictated by them.

He has a property very dear to him in the safety and liberty of his person.

He has an equal property in the free use of his faculties and free choice of the objects on which to employ them.

In a word, as a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.

Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.

Where there is an excess of liberty, the effect is the same, tho’ from an opposite cause.

Government is instituted to protect property of every sort; as well that which lies in the various rights of individuals, as that which the term particularly expresses. This being the end of government, that alone is a just government, which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own.

According to this standard of merit, the praise of affording a just securing to property, should be sparingly bestowed on a government which, however scrupulously guarding the possessions of individuals, does not protect them in the enjoyment and communication of their opinions, in which they have an equal, and in the estimation of some, a more valuable property.

More sparingly should this praise be allowed to a government, where a man’s religious rights are violated by penalties, or fettered by tests, or taxed by a hierarchy. Conscience is the most sacred of all property; other property depending in part on positive law, the exercise of that, being a natural and unalienable right. To guard a man’s house as his castle, to pay public and enforce private debts with the most exact faith, can give no title to invade a man’s conscience which is more sacred than his castle, or to withhold from it that debt of protection, for which the public faith is pledged, by the very nature and original conditions of the social pact.

That is not a just government, nor is property secure under it, where the property which a man has in his personal safety and personal liberty, is violated by arbitrary seizures of one class of citizens for the service of the rest. A magistrate issuing his warrants to a press gang, would be in his proper functions in Turkey or Indostan, under appellations proverbial of the most compleat despotism.

That is not a just government, nor is property secure under it, where arbitrary restrictions, exemptions, and monopolies deny to part of its citizens that free use of their faculties, and free choice of their occupations, which not only constitute their property in the general sense of the word; but are the means of acquiring property strictly so called. What must be the spirit of legislation where a manufacturer of linen cloth is forbidden to bury his own child in a linen shroud, in order to favour his neighbour who manufactures woolen cloth; where the manufacturer and wearer of woolen cloth are again forbidden the oeconomical use of buttons of that material, in favor of the manufacturer of buttons of other materials!

A just security to property is not afforded by that government, under which unequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species: where arbitrary taxes invade the domestic sanctuaries of the rich, and excessive taxes grind the faces of the poor; where the keenness and competitions of want are deemed an insufficient spur to labor, and taxes are again applied, by an unfeeling policy, as another spur; in violation of that sacred property, which Heaven, in decreeing man to earn his bread by the sweat of his brow, kindly reserved to him, in the small repose that could be spared from the supply of his necessities.

If there be a government then which prides itself in maintaining the inviolability of property; which provides that none shall be taken directly even for public use without indemnification to the owner, and yet directly violates the property which individuals have in their opinions, their religion, their persons, and their faculties; nay more, which indirectly violates their property, in their actual possessions, in the labor that acquires their daily subsistence, and in the hallowed remnant of time which ought to relieve their fatigues and soothe their cares, the influence [inference?] will have been anticipated, that such a government is not a pattern for the United States.

If the United States mean to obtain or deserve the full praise due to wise and just governments, they will equally respect the rights of property, and the property in rights: they will rival the government that most sacredly guards the former; and by repelling its example in violating the latter, will make themselves a pattern to that and all other governments.”

James Madison   March 29th, 1792

Comments
  1. Craig says:

    I have been checking out your web site looking for more informaton on the Firearms Freedom Symposium that you are hosting on March 5, at Remingtons. I am wondering what else is going on there. I have been spreading the word about this to many of my friends, and I know some them are dong the same. So hopefully there will be a large crowd. Although I feel like it is like preaching to the choir. I intend of also notifying teh media of this in hope of getting them there to cover this. the purpose of this emial is I am wanting to know if there is anything else going on at this event. other speakers, organizations, etc. I do have others asking for more.

    Thank you, Craig

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