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Homesteading, Ad Coelum, Owning Views and Forestalling

The Social Sciences, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2008

8 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2011  

Walter E. Block

Loyola University New Orleans - Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business

Abstract

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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Block, Walter E., Homesteading, Ad Coelum, Owning Views and Forestalling. The Social Sciences, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1890872

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