Isn't Land Ownership Aggressive Use of Force?Submitted by jaktober on Wed, 05/07/2014 - 17:05
I haven't really heard this concept addressed within either the Liberty, or the Anarcho-Capitalist movements.
How do you justify forcing people off a given plot of land which you did not create?
Thomas Paine pointed out the we "did not create the land" and thus, the very practice of Land Ownership was a government created Right, and that to compensate the rest of society (which you are using force, or the threat of violence, to keep off "your land") we pay a property tax that, according to Paine, was suppose to be directly redistributed back to the Citizenry (not to fund Government).
I personally believe Public Banking can eliminate the need for Property Taxes, but that still doesn't address the issue:
Why do you own land? What right do you have to claim a specific section of land.
Other animals claim territory, but they constantly have to fight off unwanted guests.
I understand owning your house, you built it. Or any other possession (we could go into a debate as to what right do you have to claim any material as your own, because in doing so, you must us force to stop someone else from using something you may have simply found).
This is very esoteric I know, but really, what gives you the right to extract resources and claim them as your own?
Isn't all property rights a use of force? Don't we need government to support our property rights?
How do AnCaps handle this issue? Without government, won't you need to use force to stop someone from eating out of your garden, something you build by using natural resources that you had no part in originally creating?
If you break a rock, why are those pieces now yours? Why shouldn't someone else be able to pick them up? And hold onto them?
I definitely support the idea of being able to claim a plot of land, build a house, start a garden, and ask government, or your community, to help defend that, and keep people from taking it. But what "right" do we have to do that? And is it possible to do this without the use of force?
What right do you have from stopping a Natural Man from walking through "your property?"