Re: Uniting the libertarian and green movements

Michael Lorrey (
Sun, 27 Apr 1997 19:17:34 -0400

Mark Grant wrote:
> On Sat, 26 Apr 1997, Patrick Wilken wrote:
> > I would very much appreciate getting a better understanding of how
> > libertarian thought can be meshed with the idea of public property.
> Easy; the public who want to 'protect' the land create a corporation which
> buys it and holds it for them. This already happens in some countries
> (e.g. the 'National Trust' in the UK which owns a lot of land and old
> buildings). Of course the Green objection to this would be that they're
> not into materialistic goals like making money, so they wouldn't be able
> to afford to buy it.
> However, some of the British Greens have used this tactic in the past to
> prevent development of woodlands; they bought the land and split it into
> thousands of plots which they sold off to individuals for a few pounds
> each. Then when the government wanted to buy the land to build on they had
> to at least try to hunt down every one of those people to buy up their
> little plot of land. AFAIK it delayed them for quite a while and was
> probably at least as effective as their more confrontational tactics.

Almost every state has an organization that operates as a land trust.
THey prosthelytize with land owners to add covenants to their deeds
agreeing that so much property will be permanently barred from
development. In return, they often get much lower property tax rates
(which here in NH means big bucks). The property typically stays in the
hands of the owners, so environmentalists do not have to go around
buying property.
This is not a new thing. THis is also done with rain forests in Brazil,
Costa Rica, Chile and Peru. Kind of makes environmentalists put their
money where their mouth is.

			Michael Lorrey
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