Are you a Real Libertarian, or a ROYAL Libertarian?Submitted by s0nathan on Wed, 04/10/2013 - 14:16
Land is not the fruits of anyone's labor, and our system of land tenure is based not on labor, but on decrees of privilege issued from the state, called titles. Indeed real estate means "royal estate". Is there a way to sort this out?
"Men did not make the earth.... It is the value of the improvement only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property.... " --Tom Paine
"Ground rents are a species of revenue which the owner, in many cases, enjoys without any care or attention of his own. Ground rents are, therefore, perhaps a species of revenue which can best bear to have a peculiar tax imposed upon them." --Adam Smith
"Landlords grow richer in their sleep, without working, risking, or economizing. The increase in the value of land, arising as it does from the efforts of an entire community, should belong to the community and not to the individual who might hold title." --John Stewart Mill