THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 690, September 30, 2012
"Exactly like you, I have been a slave to the state
all my life, and I won't vote to let it continue."
The Fourth Article of the Bill of Rights Series
Special to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise
This article is also viewable with slightly different title at
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Only one word might need the definition provided.
Quarter (v) to furnish with lodging in a particular place (Source) Definition #34
The following is from
The Third Amendment combines a straightforward ban on nonconsensual, peacetime quartering of soldiers in citizens' houses with a requirement that wartime quartering be done by means approved by the legislature. The brief congressional debates on the text make clear that the amendment reflects an effort to balance private property rights and the potential wartime need for military quarters.
It is pretty simple. The government cannot force civillians to provide housing for soldiers in the homes of the civillians during peacetime. During times of war, if approved by legislation, it is permissible. And I can't think of a case of this being broken today. I HAVE heard of landlords trying to use it to justify evicting soldiers who are living off-base in rented apartments, but if the landlord signed the lease and is getting paid rent by the soldier, the landlord has NO leg to stand on. This is one of the most straightforward examples of governmental legalese I have seen.
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