Principles of the Civil Code

Jeremy Bentham

Part 2, Chapter 2, Footnote #02
More general prohibition not expedient

The greater number of states, without perhaps thinking of it, have obviated this danger by a general law which interdicts the acquisition of landed property by strangers. But they have gone too far. The reason of this prohibition does not extend beyond the particular case which I have mentioned. The foreigner who wishes to buy an immoveable in my country, gives the least equivocal proof of his affection for it, and the most certain pledge of his good conduct. The state can only gain in this case, even under the simple head of finance.

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Pcc, Part 2, Chapter 2 Another Mode of Acquisition---Consent.