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Old 09-20-2012, 11:30 PM   #7
BEAST Griffin
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Default Re: Free Hand Outs For Parasitic Rich People 101

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Originally Posted by joe
How do private land owners "get money for providing nothing in return?" A bare patch of dirt, with some grass on it, adds nothing to human society. Land only becomes valuable once a human being comes around and does something with it.

Imagine a bare piece of land, that nobody has lived on for years. A farmer decides to settle this patch of land. He harvests some crops, builds a home, and soon enough his crops grow.

That's false. Land value is based on potential use and not on current use and improvements.

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Before the farmer harvested his crops, the land was useless. But now, through his hard work, the land suddenly is attractive for human settlement. The carrots he grows on that land do not rightfully belong to everyone. They do not belong to "the land," or "the people." They belong to him. Because without his hard work, the land was useless. If he sells his carrots, he is not "getting money for nothing provided in return." He is cashing in on his own effort.

Again, your improvements and use of the land do not determine the land's value. Land's potential capacity for use determines its value. Carrots are a product of labor. Land is not. Nobody should enjoy the benefits of a land's value without compensating others for depriving them of it.

"Men did not make the earth.... It is the value of the improvement only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property.... " - Thomas Paine

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