Monday, April 30, 2018
Should We Give Every Person on Earth 55,756.8 Square Feet of the Moon?
By Robert Wenzel
As part of my debate with Dr. Walter Block in conjunction with the release of my book, Foundations of Private Property Society Theory: Anarchism for the Civilized Person, I argue that the Lockean perspective that property ownership should be given to the person who mixes a land area with labor, is simply a makeshift rule and that it is not some type of "natural law."
Indeed, I point out that such an ownership rule, in fact, is disadvantageous to certain people. The blind person, the person in a wheelchair and the elderly person, for example, are certainly at a disadvantage in working a land area.
I raise this point here because it is likely that, at some point, human beings will inhabit the moon and, perhaps, other celestial bodies.
How should this land be divided? My Private Property Society book is about achieving peace and harmony on earth. It does so by arguing that overarching rules such as natural rights should be rejected.
Something of the same kind of perspective can be applied to the moon. In fact, it is easier to reject natural rights for the moon because no one "owns" any part of the moon at this time.
That is, let's all get together at this point and divide up the moon.
The surface mass of the moon is 14.6 million square miles. The world population is roughly 7 billion. Let's agree to evenly divide the moon up amongst us. (We can do the same later for Mars and other heavenly bodies).
With the current population, we would all get approximately 55,756.8 square feet of the moon.
I will leave it up to the technocrats to map out the moon and determine the exact number of people on earth at a given date, and then divide the moon amongst us and work out a system so that each person on earth gets a random plot. Once the plots are divided, the plots should be considered private property that can be sold, saved, combined, leased out, whatever.
Those who will have plans to land on and develop parts of the moon in the future will simply have to buy or rent the land from those who have received title from the Great Moon Divide.
Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.com and Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Ban .and most recently Foundations of Private Property Society Theory: Anarchism for the Civilized Person Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn. His youtube series is here: Robert Wenzel Talks Economics. The Robert Wenzel podcast is on iphone and stitcher.
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