Homesteading, Ad Coelum, Owning Views and Forestalling
Walter E. Block
Loyola University New Orleans - Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business
The Social Sciences, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2008
Homesteading, not the ad coelum doctrine is compatible with libertarianism. In the former case, one mixes his labor with unowned land and a means of establishing private property rights in it and what is owned is limited to just that which has undergone this process. In the latter case, homesteading a square mile of land enables the owner of it to extend his property rights in a pyramid shaped form from his holdings on the surface down into the core of the earth and up into the heavens, with no limit.
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Date posted: July 22, 2011
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