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Walter E. Block () and Michael R. Edelstein ()
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Walter E. Block: Loyola University New Orleans

Romanian Economic Business Review, 2020, vol. 15, issue 1, 46-56

Abstract: One of the most difficult challenges facing free market advocates of homesteading as the foundation of private property rights is the nature preserve. Homesteading requires the mixing of labor with land in order to turn it into private property. But pristine nature preserves are lands with which no human labor has ever interacted. It would appear then that in the free society there could be no such thing as a pristine nature preserve. Block and Edelstein (2012) found a way out of this quandary. In the view of Nelson (2019), these two authors failed in this self-appointed task of theirs. The present paper is an attempt to defend the former against the criticisms of the latter

Keywords: Nature preserve; homesteading; private property rights; virgin land (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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