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A Moral Case for Geolibertarianism

This book gives a moral case for Geolibertarianim. Although this position is not the explicit Objectivist (the philosophy of Ayn Rand) position, the moral case for Geolibertarianism in this book builds from the ethics and politics of Objectivism. This book argues that Geolibertarianism is the ethical position because land, an invaluable and finite good that cannot be produced, is different from other goods on the market.

In addition, this book shows that the Geolibertarian land tax provides an elegant solution to a difficult political problem: how to fund a capitalistic government. Perhaps most importantly, it provides one solution to an inevitable political problem: a growing population with a finite amount of land; a problem that Europe has succumbed to.

In less than 30 pages, this book will make you check your premises!

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The assumption that the moral case for capitalism rests upon is that man must produce to live. If this assumption changed, logically, the conclusions based upon this assumption must change.

Geolibertarianism does not advocate the forcible distribution of land. In order for land to be distributed fairly, the only fundamental difference is in how a person will pay for land.

I would submit that the current moral case given for capitalism, which is that man has a right to his mind and what his mind can produce, is not sufficient for the moral case for traditional private land ownership. A moral case for Neolibertariansim would have to be developed.

Land has value to both the stellar engineer and the savage. Land is even valuable to monkeys, cows, dogs, and every type of animal. Land, on its own right, regardless of human improvement, has value.

As soon as the land of any country has all become private property, the landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed, and demand a rent even for its natural produce. --Adam Smith

The case for why a government is necessary is simple. It is so man can live as a man.

All Objectivists should take with solemn seriousness the proper method to fund a government. This issue cannot be dealt with haphazardly. If the government is improperly designed, with funding being the primary issue, a government could collapse on itself and turn into anarchy or mob-rule democracy.

When one frames it this way, the question then becomes: Can a government exist without taking from man's productivity? That answer is yes.

Geolibertarianism may also offer a solution to the ultimate economic problem: A growing population with limited space. Europe eventually became subject to virtual total land ownership. The discovery of a new land, America, offered a fresh new start and greatly accelerated progress and industry. While new land cannot be created, the Geolibertarian position encourages land to not be hoarded and thus put to the best use possible.

Table of Contents

In Moral Defense of Geolibertarianism

How land is different from other free gifts of nature

Land Tax on Mars

Classic Free Market Thinkers on Land Taxation

Why Government is Necessary

Funding a government in a capitalist society

Land Tax and Eminent Domain

Conclusion

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