All persons have an equal right of access to the natural commons of the Earth, which is air, water, land, minerals, wildlife, spectrum — everything that is not created by persons. The best way to protect Earth's scarce resources is with the the free market. For the market to be truly free, people must not only enjoy the full benefits of their actions, but also pay the full costs. With green pricing, each person pays the full costs he imposes when he depletes, pollutes, congests, or monopolizes the commons. Green pricing creates permanent and automatic incentives for conserving the Earth's shared resources.
- Outlaw only violence and fraud
- Legalize anything peaceful and honest
- Tax only landholding and resource pollution / depletion / congestion
Those who hold land (monopolize a site) have its value increased by local public services. Public services that can't be supported by user fees should be financed only by recovering the extra value they create in the free market for land. This encourages efficient land use (infill, mass transit, mixed use, more open space) and creates pressure to defund public services that the community does not actually value.
The Free Earth Manifesto is a statement of principles about how individual rights relate to ecology, geography, and community. The EcoLibertarianism page explains how these principles are a fusion of green libertarianism and geoclassical economics. LibertarianMajority.net explains the principles of the Libertarian Party and offers an interactive quiz that can plot your political position.
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