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Friday, April 1, 2011

Axioms, Practicality, and the Common Good

Pam Brown wrote:

> This is what the land collectivists can't get their minds around:  Defending private property.

This is what alloidial libertarians can't get their minds around: some of us dispute their axiom that you can "own" a space -- an orbit, a frequency, a column of airspace, or a rectangle of the Earth's surface -- in precisely the same way that you own your body/time/labor and all that you earn/build/grow/produce with them.

We also dispute their axiom that one does not commit aggression when one pollutes/congests/depletes a natural resource -- i.e. does not "leave as much and as good" for others.

Allen Rice wrote:

I have expressed doubt that Georgism could be made to work here on Earth, because there is too much injustice already entrenched.

I don't see what's so impossible about a georgist Green Tax Shift: replace all taxes on income/trade/production/produced-wealth with only fees for monopolizing/polluting/congesting/depleting natural resources.

A Green Tax Shift seems far more practical than Pam's vision of a minarchy financed by mandatory capitation taxes -- i.e. a tax on your very existence.  I don't agree with Pam that there should be any such mandatory taxes, but at least she is more practical than anarcholibertarians who deny that any institution should have the authority to mandate any taxes or fees.

Pam Brown wrote:

> 'Slave, I see you discovered a new Bauxite deposit.  Turn it over to the community Tax board, we'll decide how much of it you can keep, and what price you an sell it for.  It's for the common good.'

"Slave, I see you're still alive this year, and had a baby to boot.  Turn your labor and produced assets over to the community Tax board, we'll decide how much of them you can keep.  The remaining capitation tax is for the common good."