Because a perfect equality of possessions does not serve the best interests of society

Because a perfect equality of possessions does not serve the best interests of society

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Because a perfect equality of possessions does not serve the best interests of society, the principles  of justice must be reformulated in a way that will avoid these unfortunate consequences. Concerning  the laws that are designed to regulate the holding of property, Hume tells us that "we must be  acquainted with the nature and situation of man, must reject appearances which may be false  though specious; and must search for those rules which are, on the whole,  useful  and  beneficial ." There are instances in which the interests of society appear to be served by regulations which apply  to a single  person  rather than to people in general. For example, it has been maintained that the first  possession of a piece of property entitles one to ownership of that property. Under certain 
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