Friday, March 11, 2005

FMNNClip: George, Jefferson's piece of the pie


One of the more vexing problems to which libertarianism addresses itself -- or, more frequently, cowers from addressing itself -- is the problem of land, whether or not it can be owned and if so, how.

These days, that problem is largely ignored by "right" libertarians. You have a "title" to the land upon which your home sits. You purchased it voluntarily from the prior holder of such a "title." Ergo, you "own" that land. End of story.

But it's not as simple as that. Who held the first "title" to that land? How did he get that "title?" And did that title represent any legitimate claim to "ownership" which he could then rightfully convey to another?

Here's the rest.

No comments: