Tag Archive for Property

Is Historical Injustice A Justification For Taxation?

Libertarians tent to think that taxation is theft. Taking someone’s private property by force can hardly be called anything else, right? And yet, most people seem to find this argument rather unconvincing. Many probably have never thought about this issue very deeply and just accept taxation as normal and unavoidable and therefore legitimate. But there…

Banning clamping on private land is exactly backwards

I was struck, when the smoking ban came in, that the effect on me was the opposite of that intended. I spend far more time on pavements than I do in pubs and trapping the smoke inside a pub protected me from it most of the time. Now it happens on pavements I am irritated…

Fracking impossible in a libertarian system

The TV is full of pictures of people affected by Fracking, not just in the UK but from around the world. It occurred to me that a proper respect for property would stop Fracking in it’s tracks. First this was bad TV because it invites people to compare costs and benefits based on all possible…

Property rights: the sure foundation of the law

The libertarian finds himself confronted by a legal system which breaks through and over-runs limitations, seeking to punish a range of actions which involve no harm to another or another’s property, especially if we are mindful to keep a clear and rational definition of the word harm.