Chapter Five: The State and Capitalism in the "Laissez-Faire" era.
The nineteenth century is commonly described, alike by paternalistic liberals and social democrats, and by the kinds of
vulgar "libertarians" who engage mainly in pro-corporate apologetics, as an age of "laissez-faire." But to use such a term
in reference to that period is an utter travesty. We have already seen, in our previous chapter on primitive accumulation,
how the capitalism of the nineteenth century reflected the violent reconstruction of society by a statist revolution from
above. In addition, it was of the allegedly "laissez-faire" nineteenth century that Benjamin Tucker wrote, when he identified
the four great forms of legal privilege on which capitalism, as a statist system of exploitation, depended. We will examine
those four privileges, central to the structure of "laissez-faire" capitalism, in this chapter. In addition, we will examine
a fifth form of state intervention largely ignored by Tucker, even though it was central to the development of capitalism
throughout the nineteenth century: transportation subsidies.
Both state socialists and corporate welfare queens, for nearly identical reasons, have a common interest in maintaining
the myth of the laissez-faire nineteenth century. The advocates of the regulatory-welfare state must pretend that the injustices
of the capitalist economy result from the unbridled market, rather than from state intervention in the market; otherwise,
they could not justify their own power as a remedy. The apologists of big business, on the other hand, must pretend that the
regulatory-welfare state was something forced on them by anti-business ideologues, rather than something they themselves played
a central role in creating; otherwise their worst fears might be realized, and the interventionist state might actually be
pruned back. "Laissez-faire" is, therefore, what Albert Jay Nock called it: an "impostor term."1
The horrors of England's industrial life in the last century furnish a standing brief for addicts of positive intervention.
Child-labour and woman-labour in the mills and mines; Coketown and Mr. Bounderby; starvation wages; killing hours; vile and
hazardous conditions of labour; coffin ships officered by ruffians--all these are glibly charged off by reformers and publicists
to a regime of rugged individualism, unrestrained competition, and laissez-faire. This is an absurdity on its
face, for no such regime ever existed in England. They were due to the State's primary intervention whereby the population
of England was expropriated from the land; due to the State's removal of land from competition with industry for labour....
Adam Smith's economics are not the economics of individualism; they are the economics of landowners and mill-owners.2
A. Tucker‘s Big Four: The Land Monopoly.
Tucker classified, as one of the four forms of monopoly, the state's enforcement of "land titles which do not rest upon
personal occupancy and cultivation."3 A great deal of material that he would have included under this heading
has already been treated, instead, as part of our analysis of primitive accumulation in the last chapter. That material will
not be duplicated; for purposes of the present chapter, it will suffice to point out that the seizure and monopoly of land
by the ruling classes in the early days of capitalism has ongoing effects today.
The primitive accumulation described in the previous chapter was only one example of a general historical phenomenon: as
the Georgists Oppenheimer and Nock pointed out, the state has, throughout history, made exploitation possible by politically
controlling access to the land. The latter, referring to Wakefield's frank ruling class perspective on the land monopoly,
commented that "economic exploitation is impracticable until expropriation from the land has taken place."4
Henry George's brief survey, in Progress and Poverty, of ruling classes' encroachments on the peasantry's land, is
a good introduction. Livy's history of the Roman republic, for example, is dominated by the struggle between the plebians
and the patrician landlords. The great landed estates of the aristocracy were carved out of the public domain, originally
the common property of the entire Roman people.5
The system of land tenure in medieval Europe was established, likewise, by the seizure of land by the feudal ruling classes.
By political means, they claimed legal property in the lands already occupied and worked by the peasantry, and compelled them
to pay rent on their own land. By political means, likewise, they claimed ownership of vacant lands, and controlled access
to it without themselves ever directly occupying or working it. As Adam Smith wrote, "A great part of them was uncultivated;
but no part of them, whether cultivated or uncultivated, was left without a proprietor. All of them were engrossed, and the
greater part by a few great proprietors." 6
This evil was in the process of being remedied in the late Middle Ages. By means such as tenure in copyhold, western Europe
was evolving toward a system in which the peasant was a de facto owner, required to pay only a nominal quit-rent set by custom;
after that nominal rent was paid, he could treat the land in practice as his own. Had that system been allowed to develop
without violence, Europe today might be a continent of small proprietors. But as we saw in the previous chapter, that was
not to be.
This last, however, has already been dealt with. In this chapter we examine statist forms of property in land as a general
phenomenon. Although the primitive accumulation already recounted is regarded as unjust by all major libertarian theories
of property (at least to the extent that they acknowledge its occurrence), these theories are not by any means agreed on what
the proper basis of ownership might be. Our next order of business, therefore, is a comparative survey of the major theories
of property in land.
The bare principle of private property in land does not carry with it, of any necessity, any particular set of rules of
land tenure. Nozick pointed out that any theory of "justice in holdings" must include three major topics: 1) a theory of "the
original acquisition of holdings, the appropriation of unheld things"; 2) "the transfer
of holdings from one person to another"; and 3) "principles governing how a person may divest himself
of a holding, passing it into an unheld state."7 Or as Tucker put it, "The question is not whether we should
be able to sell or acquire in 'the open market' anything which we rightfully possess, but how we come into rightful possession."8
Free market liberals are divided among themselves on how to answer this question.
There are three main rival theories of justice in holdings among free market libertarians--the Lockean, the Georgist, and
the mutualist--with Lockeanism predominating. As Bill Orton has characterized their differences, the three schools agree fairly
closely on the acquisition of property (i.e, by labor homesteading), but differ considerably on their rules for transfer and
abandonment.9 All three schools agree that the only legitimate way of appropriating unowned land is homesteading
by direct, personal occupation and alteration of it: as Locke put it, by admixture of labor.
In contradistinction to Lockeans, Georgists and mutualists agree in seeing the land, in some sense, as a common patrimony
which cannot be permanently alienated from the commons in fee simple. Both differ from the Lockeans on the extent to which
appropriation by admixture of labor permanently removes land from this common patrimony. Both groups view the common rights
of mankind to the land as inalienable, and the individual's possessory or usufructory right to be in some sense a stewardship
on behalf of the general human community. The Georgists, however, attribute to the community a more active role in exercising
its ultimate property rights over the commons than do the mutualists, and treat the community as joint owners of the commons
in a more active sense. The mutualists, on the other hand, tend to see unoccupied land simply as an unowned commons over which
mankind's ultimate ownership rights are latent, and which the individual is free to use as he sees fit without accounting
to any proxy for collective rights; but the latent common right of the rest of mankind prohibits the individual from claiming
more land than he can personally use at the expense of the common interest, and requires that his possessory title revert
to the commons when he ceases to occupy and use the land. In regard to the theoretical status of land, therefore, mutualists
and individualists have more in common with each other than with the Lockeans.
Regarding practical treatment of existing land titles, on the other hand, Georgists and mainstream Lockeans have more in
common with each other, and mutualists (and to some extent radical Lockeans) are the odd man out. Mutualists and (among Lockeans)
the left-Rothbardians, agree that any current titles to land not established by such labor-appropriation are invalid, and
that land held by such title should be regarded as unowned and open to appropriation by the first homesteader to mix his labor
with it. Lockeans on the more mainstream libertarian right are more willing to accept existing property titles as valid on
conventional or positivistic grounds, in the interest of stability. Georgists regard the injustice by which existing titles
were acquired as relatively insignificant; the proper remedy is not to nullify existing land titles but, through community
collection of rent, to nullify the unjust benefits of holding such titles. The Georgist remedy of the single tax, to a large
extent, presupposes a market in land values that deals with titles and transfers in more or less Lockean terms.
On how land, once acquired by admixture of labor, is to be transferred, and on what constitutes abandonment, the three
schools differ radically. The Lockeans believe that land, once justly appropriated from an unowned state, may be given away,
sold, or rented by the rightful owner, and that ownership is maintained regardless of whether the original owner retains possession
or rents it to another occupant. Given the justice of the existing land title, a new owner may establish legitimate ownership
by a simple transfer of title, regardless of whether he personally occupies and uses the land. Direct occupancy and use is
necessary only for initial appropriation, not for subsequent transfers of ownership. Georgists, besides agreeing with the
Lockeans on initial appropriation, are also generally accepting of Lockean standards of transfer, so long as the principle
of community collection of ground rent is followed.
Mutualists, however, advocate a much different standard for establishing ownership during subsequent transfers. For mutualists,
occupancy and use is the only legitimate standard for establishing ownership of land, regardless of how many times it has
changed hands. An existing owner may transfer ownership by sale or gift; but the new owner may establish legitimate title
to the land only by his own occupancy and use. A change in occupancy will amount to a change in ownership. Absentee landlord
rent, and exclusion of homesteaders from vacant land by an absentee landlord, are both considered illegitimate by mutualists.
The actual occupant is considered the owner of a tract of land, and any attempt to collect rent by a self-styled landlord
is regarded as a violent invasion of the possessor's absolute right of property.
None of these alternative sets of rules for property allocation is self-evidently right. No ownership claim can be deduced
logically from the principle of self-ownership alone, without the "'overlay' of a property system," or a system of
"allocation rules."10 No such system, whether Lockean, Georgist, or Mutualist, can be proved correct. Any
proof requires a common set of allocation rules, and a particular set of allocation rules for property can only be established
by social consensus, not by deduction from the axiom of self-ownership.11 (However, since all three traditions
deduce their theory of appropriation by homesteading from the principle of self-ownership, in so similar a manner, it might
be more accurate to say that the labor theory of appropriation common to the different overlays is more plausibly deducible
from self-ownership, and less dependent on convention than the rules concerning transfer and abandonment.)
In any case, there is a great deal of practical overlap in their positions. For one thing, the "stickiness" of property
is a matter of degree:
In both systems [i.e., "sticky" (Lockean) and "non-sticky" (socialist/usufruct)], in practice there are well-known
exceptions. Sticky property systems recognize abandonment and salvage; usufruct allows for people to be absent for some grace
period without surrendering property, and of course allows trade. You might even see the two systems as a continuum from high
to low threshold for determining what constitutes "abandonment."12
Or as Orton put it elsewhere, stickiness is a matter of degree, rather than a qualitative difference between capitalist
and socialist property. They are "the same thing... with different parameters" for the length of time necessary to
For another, since the three systems agree on the standard of legitimacy for appropriating unowned property, much existing
property is illegitimate from all three perspectives, to the extent that a large portion was acquired by means other than
personal use. Murray Rothbard, for example, pointed to the illegitimacy of most historic land appropriation, even by Lockean
How will an individual's title to the nature-given factor be determined? If Columbus lands on a new continent, is it legitimate
for him to proclaim all the new continent his own, or even that sector "as far as his eye can see"? Clearly, this would not
be the case in the free society that we are postulating. Columbus or Crusoe would have to use the land, to "cultivate"
it in some way, before he could be asserted to own it.... If there is more land than can be used by a limited labor supply,
then the unused land must simply remain unowned until a first user arrives on the scene. Any attempt to claim a new resource
that someone does not use would have to be considered invasive of the property right of whoever the first user will turn out
Rothbard later argued in Power and Market that land appropriated by a mere grant from the state was a grant of monopoly
power analogous to that of a feudal landlord, enabling the holder of the title to charge a tax or rent on the first legitimate
appropriator of the land, and force him to pay tribute for the right to occupy it.
Problems and difficulties arise whenever the "first-user, first-owner" principle is not met. In almost all countries,
governments have laid claim to ownership of new, unused land. Governments could never own original land on the
free market. This act of appropriation by the government already sows the seeds for distortion of market allocations
when the land goes into use. Thus, suppose that the government disposes of its unused public lands by selling them at auction
to the highest bidder. Since the government has no valid property claim to ownership, neither does the buyer from the government.
If the buyer, as often happens, "owns" but does not use or settle the land, then he becomes a land speculator
in a pejorative sense. For the true user, when he comes along, is forced either to rent or buy the land from the speculator,
who does not have valid title to the area. He cannot have valid title because his title derives from the State, which also
did not have valid title in the free-market sense....15
The same was true of feudal appropriation of land in older settled areas:
The affinity of rent and taxation is even closer in the case of "feudal" land grants. Let us postulate a typical
case of feudal beginnings: a conquering tribe invades a territory of peasants and sets up a State to rule them. It could
levy taxes and support its retinue out of the proceeds. But it could also do something else, and it is important to see that
there is no essential difference between the two. It could parcel out all of the land as individual grants of "ownership"
to each member of the conquering band. Then, instead of or in addition to one central taxing agency, there would be a series
of regional rent collecting agencies. But the consequences would be exactly the same.16
Clearly, the agreed-upon labor standard of appropriation still leaves much to convention: How much labor is required to
appropriate how much land? Is it necessary to physically alter or use every square foot in a parcel of land one claims? Can
appropriation by labor take place through the hired labor of others, or is it by personal appropriation only? The exclusion
of the state from appropriating land through the labor of its "servants" might also, it seems, exclude the indirect appropriation
of land by the labor of those in a private capitalist's hire. The labor standard, depending on the strictness of its interpretation,
would mean that a housing development belonged to the construction workers who built it, and not to the contractor who bought
the land and hired the labor. Even so, the Lockean standard of labor appropriation rules out a great deal of what Jerome Tucille
called "land-grabbism, " or climbing a mountain and claiming all the land you can see,17 and goes a long way toward
remedying the evils associated by Georgists and mutualists with landlordism as such.
Under a "first-user, first-owner" regime, the Georgists would be wrong in asserting that no
labor had been mixed with nature-given land to justify private ownership of sites. For them, land could not be owned
unless it were first used and could be originally appropriated for ownership only to the extent that it was so used. The "mixing"
of labor with nature may take the form of draining, filling, clearing, paving, or otherwise preparing the site for use. Tilling
the soil is only one possible type of use. The use claim to the land could be certified by courts if any dispute over its
....[S]ome of the charges that Georgists have leveled against land speculation are true, not because
land speculation is bad per se, but because the speculator came to own the land, not by valid title, but via
the government, which originally arrogated title to itself. So now the purchase price (or alternatively, the rent) paid by
the would-be user really does become the payment of a tax for permission to use the land....18
According to Mises, large-scale landlordism has always been the result of state-created land monopolies, and not of aggregation
of small parcels of land by market processes.
Nowhere and at no time has the large-scale ownership of land come into being through the working of economic forces in
the market. It is the result of military and political effort. Founded by violence, it has been upheld by violence and by
that alone. As soon as the latifundia are drawn into the sphere of market transactions they begin to crumble, until at last
they disappear completely. Neither at their formation or in their maintenance have economic causes operated. The great landed
fortunes did not arise through the economic superiority of large-scale ownership, but by violent annexation outside the area
of trade.... The non-economic origin of landed fortunes is clearly revealed by the fact that, as a rule, the expropriation
by which they have been created in no way alters the manner of production. The old owner remains on the soil under a different
legal title and continues to carry on production.19
Although the expression "bourgeois nursery tale" does not appear anywhere in the quote above, the import is just as clear
as if it did.
In addition to the three schools' agreement on the moral illegitimacy of much existing property in land, there is also
much agreement among them, as well, on the exploitative consequences of statist land appropriation. Oppenheimer argued that
the monopoly of land by big landlords contributed to the system of unequal exchange by which all labor was exploited--not
just the agricultural laborer or peasant, but the industrial worker as well.
The exchange economy becomes perverted by a compromise with the slave economy. In the "pure economy" no one could dream
of appropriating more land than he and his family could till; such appropriation presupposes a slave system. Yet the exchange
economy did tolerate great landed property, that economic institution of the political means, as legitimate and on an equal
footing with property arising from work personally done. In the hybrid system which combines the transformed feudal system
with the exchange economy--this is the definition of capitalism--harmony is distorted by two interrelated effects of great
landed (feudal) property: the countryside's purchasing power for urban products is weakened by exploitation and ensuing inefficiency;
and the urban labor market is flooded, and wages pressed down, by the slaves or serfs or agricultural workers who escape from
pressure into the freedom of the cities. In a harmonious system, where the land is not appropriated, an urban worker would
demand and get as much as he could otherwise receive as an independent peasant on free land; in the hybrid structure the wage
is pressed down to that of an agricultural serf. This makes urban capital property a means of exploitation alongside great
landed property: the propertyless suffers a deduction from his original wage, the product of his work, to the profit of the
Rothbard also pointed to the exploitative effect of state land monopoly, which resulted in raising the rents of land in
use and lowering wage rates.
Government sale of "its" unused land to speculators, therefore, restricts the use of new land, distorts the allocation
of resources, and keeps land out of use that would be employed were it not for the "tax" penalty of paying a purchase price
or rent to the speculator. Keeping land out of use raises the marginal value product and the rents of remaining land and lowers
the marginal value product of labor, thereby lowering wage rates.21
More specifically, "conservation" laws played a key role in the land monopoly by forcibly withholding resources from the
market, and thus raising the price of the resources land-owners did sell. It served exactly the same function as output
restrictions in any other kind of monopoly.
Conservation laws, therefore, must also be looked upon as grants of monopolistic privilege. One outstanding example is
the American government's policy, since the end of the nineteenth century, of "reserving" vast land tracts of the "public
domain"--i.e., the government's land holdings.... Forests, in particular, have been reserved, ostensibly for the purpose of
conservation. What is the effect of withholding huge tracts of timberland from production? It is to confer a monopolistic
privilege, and therefore a restrictionist price, on competing private lands and on competing timber.22
But that is telling only half the story. In addition to withholding land from production, the state gives favored capitalists
preferential access to it. Huge tracts of land are leased to timber, petroleum, mining, and ranching interests, at
politically determined rates. For example, most of the devastation of giant redwoods in the Pacific Northwest takes place
on land owned by the government, and is only profitable because the lumber companies do not have to buy the land in a competitive
market. Likewise, the debate over drilling in ANWAR is not about selling the land to oil companies. It's about giving
them preferential access, denied to ordinary citizens, and letting them pay a sweetheart price for the privilege.23
These two aspects, withholding and preferential access, sometimes dovetailed nicely. The main beneficiaries of conservation
policy were "the land-grant Western railroads" and existing timber owners. The railroads' land grants had included
not only the rights of way for their roads, but fifteen-mile swaths on either side of the line as well. By charging settlers
for homesteading rights, including the most desirable commercial properties in the new railroad towns, the railroads obtained
a large income from land speculation, in addition to their primary business of actually operating railroads. Government conservation
policies further increased the price of the railroads' land holdings, and along with it added even more to their income from
land speculation. The value of timber land, likewise, was raised by the withholding of land. The railroad and timber industries,
consequently, were large contributors to the conservation movement.24
Besides the sheer injustice involved in statist land theft, and the ongoing exploitation of the producing classes by parasitic
landlords, it has been a great drag on progress. This was true of the feudal system of land ownership in the Old World. Property
in land not being in the hands of those who worked it, neither the landlord nor the peasant had an incentive for improving
It seldom happens that a great proprietor is a great improver... To improve land with profit, like all other commercial
projects, requires an exact attention to small savings and small gains of which a man born to a great fortune... is seldom
capable. The situation of such a person naturally disposes him to attend to ornament which pleases his fancy than to profit
for which he has so little occasion.... He embellishes perhaps four or five hundred acres in the neighbourhood of his house,
at ten times the expense which the land is worth after all his improvements; and finds that if he was to improve his whole
estate in the same manner, and he has little taste for any other, he would be a bankrupt before he finished the tenth part
But if great improvements are seldom to be expected from great proprietors, they are least of all to be expected when they
employ slaves for their workmen.... A person who can acquire no property, can have no other interest but to eat as much, and
to labour as little as possible. Whatever work he does beyond what is sufficient to purchase his own maintenance can be squeezed
out of him by violence only, and not by any interest of his own.25
Even among peasants not reduced to serfdom or villeinage, who only paid a portion of their produce as rent and kept the
rest, the rents reduced the marginal incentive to labor or to improve the land.26 As evidence for these claims,
Smith challenged the reader to compare the condition of great estates in the same family for generations, to that of the estates
of small proprietors in the same neighborhood.27
We proceed now to a more detailed account of the unique tenets of the mutualist position on land tenure. Tucker's "occupancy
and use" standard of ownership was directly influenced by the land theory of J.K. Ingalls in the United States; but its antecedents
went back much further--at least to Godwin and Proudhon.
The Ricardian socialist Hodgskin, in The Natural and Artificial Right of Property Contrasted, seemed in many places
to identify the natural right with direct cultivation; his distinction bore a striking resemblance to Nock's later distinction
between "labour-made" and "law-made" property:28
In all these circumstances which in relation to the right of property may be considered as the leading objects of legislation,
I see no particular guarantee or protection of the natural right of property.... To those by whose combined labour the ground
is cultivated, and the harvest gathered in, nature gives every sheaf and every stalk which they choose to collect; the law,
however, takes almost the whole of it away.29
Never has the law employed any means whatever to protect the property nature bestows on individuals; on the contrary, it
is a great system of means devised to appropriate in a peculiar and unjust manner the gifts of nature. It exacts a revenue
for the government,--it compels the payment of rent,--it enforces the giving of tithes, but it does not ensure to labour its
produce and its reward.30
In contrasting the class nature of the natural and artificial rights, Hodgskin tended to identify the former with the peasant,
and the latter with the landlord, in ways that would certainly make a modern libertarian-lite like (say) Milton Friedman nervous:
"The right of property, which is now arming the land-owner and the capitalist against the peasant and the artizan, will,
in truth, be the one great subject of contention for this and the next generation...."31 He went so far as
to describe the state as the organized power of the landowners, and the guarantor of their right to possess the land without
actually cultivating it:
Among the legislative classes embodied into, and constituting the government, we must place the landed aristocracy. In
fact, the landed aristocracy and the government are one--the latter being nothing more than the organized means of preserving
the power and privileges of the former.... His [the landowner's] right to possess the land, not to possess the produce
of his own labour, is as admirably protected as can be effected by the law. Another must not even walk on it, and all the
wild animals and fruit it bears are said by the law to be his. Nature makes it a condition of man having land, that he must
occupy and cultivate it, or it will yield nothing.... The mere landowner is not a labourer, and he never has been even fed
but by violating the natural right of property. Patiently and perseveringly, however, has the law endeavoured to maintain
his privileges, power, and wealth.32
Still, in fairness, we should add that Hodgskin's position is ambiguous. It is difficult at times, in a country like Britain
with so much feudal baggage in its present distribution of land ownership, to distinguish between criticism of the landed
aristocracy and criticism of absentee ownership as such, or between taxation and rent. To assume that he identified rent with
taxation in all circumstances, as did Tucker, is begging the question.
The passages above do seem to imply, though, that cultivation is an ongoing title to the land and its produce even in the
present, and not merely a means of initially appropriating it. But most of the large land-holdings in England at the time
fall under the condemnation of Lockeans (especially left-Rothbardians), as well.
Hodgskin cited a very radical version of Locke on the labor theory of appropriation, in language that might suggest to
some a fairly literal interpretation of the need to work the land.
He [Locke] says accurately, "as much land as a man tills, plants, and improves, cultivates, and can use, the product
of so much is his property."--"This is the measure of property in land, which nature has well set by the extent of man's labour,
and the conveniences of life; no man's labour could subdue or appropriate all, not could his enjoyment consume more than a
small part, so that it would be impossible in this way to intrench on the right of another, or acquire to himself a property
to the injury of his neighbours." Unfortunately, however, this admirable principle has not the smallest influence over legislators
in dealing out that which, by the bye, is not theirs, the land of new colonies....
There are many things about the right of property in land... which ought to be deeply meditated by those who... aspire
to influence the opinions and the destinies of their fellow men. You must be sensible, for example, that the quantity of land
necessary for each individual, according to the principle just quoted from Mr. Locke, must vary with the qualities and situation
of the soil with the skill and knowledge of the people; and, in short, with the successive changes in the condition of mankind....
In the multiplication of mankind, ...in improvements in skill and knowledge, as well as in diversities of soil and climate,
we find principles which continually modify the appropriation of land, and alter the quantity to which a man can properly
devote his labour.33
Shortly thereafter, in a rather dense passage, Hodgskin cast doubt on whether the supervisory labor of a gentleman-farmer
with several farms was a sufficient natural title to his property, or whether the size conducive to optimal efficiency of
such a large enterprise had any bearing on the size which an individual could appropriate by natural means:
Perhaps you may suppose, that the collecting of many small farms into the hands of one farmer,--a process which for some
years was going on in this country [with a little help, as we have seen--K.C.], though it appears now to have stopped,--is
an exception to these remarks. I am speaking, however, of the quantity of land from which increasing skill obtains a sufficient
quantity of subsistence, and of the decreasing surface to which, as labour becomes skilful, it will be necessarily confined,
not of the quantity of land which a capitalist, or farmer, commanding the service of any given number of labourers,
finds it at present most convenient to hire. The size farms ought to be of, in the present condition of society, is quite
a distinct question from the quantity of land necessary to supply an individual with the means of subsistence, and therefore
determining the natural right of property in land....34
Any consequentialist argument concerning the restraint this "natural right of property in land" might exert on the economies
of scale can be answered, obviously, with a denial that ownership by "a capitalist," as in "the present condition of society,"
is the only means by which "any given number of labourers" can combine their efforts in a common enterprise.
But then, Locke was himself ambiguous; he (and especially his Proviso) have been put to much more radical uses than many
modern Lockeans would approve.
J.K. Ingalls, probably the strongest direct influence on Tucker's land theory, called for "repealing all laws in regard
to land ownership, leaving 'occupancy and use' as it was originally, the only title to land."35 Like the later
Georgist Franz Oppenheimer, he saw history in terms of "the courses by which man's natural birthright in the soil has been
usurped in every land by a domineering class who, sooner or later, sought the cover of pretended law to sanction unlawful
acts, so that they might enjoy quiet possession of dominion obtained by violence."36 Absolute dominion over
the land, to the exclusion of the rest of mankind, was possible only through the coercive power of the state, established
through "the law of the stronger" or "the rights of the victor"--essentially the same thing described by Oppenheimer as "the
Ingalls, like Henry George, emphasized the original practice, common to all human societies, of treating land as a communal
property to be assigned to individual cultivators only on a usufructory basis. Even under the usurpations of landlords, for
most of the state's history, the peasant commune's subjection to the landed aristocracy was still collective. The peasantry
continued, in medieval Europe, in Russia, in India, etc., to cultivate the land in common, and to pay tribute to the state
or the landlord as a community.38
As described in the Introduction to Part II of this work, the mutualist theory of exploitation emphasizes the role of privilege
in restricting labor's access to the means of production, and compelling labor, through the process of unequal exchange, to
pay tribute to the owning classes by accepting less than its product as a wage. Ingalls' work on landlordism is an excellent
case study of the operation of this principle as it relates specifically to land. Ingalls quoted Adam Smith on the labor-product
as the natural wage of labor, in the days before appropriation of land. He contrasted this to Ricardo's subsistence theory
of wages, in which the price of labor was determined by the cost of reproduction. The difference between the two, as Ingalls
saw it, resulted from the control of land by the landlord rather than the cultivator.39 Or, as we have suggested
earlier, Marx's distinction between the price of labor power and the value of the labor-product holds good only after the
laboring classes have been deprived of their property in the means of production. The price of labor-power is determined by
its reproduction cost, not as an inherent quality of wage-labor, but only where labor is sold in a regime of unequal exchange.
A return on land or capital, as such, could exist only through privilege. Only through the state's legal privileging of
the ownership of capital and labor, was it possible for the capitalist or landlord to charge labor a tribute for access to
the means of production, and thus to obtain a cumulative increase over time.40 The expansion of capital through
the magic of compound interest is not, as the Marxists believe, a property of the market. The natural law of the market is
for labor to receive its full product. And although he wrote in a time before the marginalists had fully explained the principle
of labor's disutility, Ingalls implicitly assumed the principle. In terms quite similar to our own analysis in Chapter 2,
Ingalls contrasted the normal price of a commodity in a free market (a price just sufficient to compensate labor for the disutility
of its work), with the monopoly rents accruing to the owners of capital or land without regard to their real costs or disutility
in acquiring them:
When a man buys a coat or a dinner, he regards it as of sufficient value to pay its fair price, without any consideration
as to whether it will enable him to earn an income without work. And this is true of nearly everything consumed by individual
men and their families, or by the world generally. It is only the trader, the banker, or landlord who measures price by the
profit, interest, or rent it will exploit.41
In other words, as we stated in Chapter 2, the power to receive a rent on capital or land without earning it through labor
can only enter the calculation of "opportunity cost" by which net profit and rent are calculated, only when the state has
first made possible such an unearned rent through its enforcement of legal privilege.
Ingalls, like Tucker, devoted a great deal of energy to countering the theories of Henry George. Like Tucker, he minimized
the importance of economic rent as such and saw it as a mere side-effect of the general phenomenon of landlord rent--in his
words, economic rent "could hardly form a serious difficulty were occupancy made the sole title to land."42
Indeed, he went beyond Tucker in his denial that economic rent would exist without landlordism:
Instead of analyzing rent, he [George] seems to regard it as a mysterious power which creates value independent
of labor, and as something which he can tax to any degree without taking from the natural wages of labor; whereas, it is wholly
due to exclusive land ownership, as he himself frequently asserts....
According to Ricardo, rent is not an arbitrary tribute levied upon industry by usurped rights, but merely the excess of
product, of the best land over the poorest, as the latter shall come into cultivation or other use under the exigencies of
increasing population.... While land is under exclusive dominion it [the Ricardian theory of differential rent] may
serve in a certain way to explain how the rent rate is determined as between particular lands. But this is by no means the
limit of its use by the followers of Ricardo, among whom Mr. George must be included. The inference is always sought to be
carried that it also reveals an economic law under which only rent is developed. It assumes that rent does not arise until
increase of population forces the use of less productive soils. In fact, the operation is directly the reverse of this.43
Ingalls, in making such a bald assertion, indeed went too far. He virtually admitted as much himself, in conceding that
a producer's surplus would exist for owners of superior land even in a regime of occupancy-based ownership: "The man with
land of easier tillage, or more productive soil, will be able, doubtless, to obtain the same price for his grain or fruits
as the man with poorer soil and shorter crops."44
Still, Ingalls did make a good case for the contention that the evils of differential rent were exacerbated by landlord
rent, and partially derived from it. For example, he wrote, absentee landlordism itself compelled the cultivation of marginal
land to a degree that would not occur were all vacant land open to cultivation, and thus increased the differential between
the best and worst land under cultivation.45
He also pointed out the fact, commonly neglected in the simplified explanations of Ricardo's rent theory, that land was
amenable to a number of different uses, and that a parcel of land that was of inferior quality for producing one crop might
be of better than average quality for a different crop. The sorting out of land for its most productive use, among a variety
of competing uses, would tend to reduce the differential in productivity between sites.46 In addition, the original
quality of unimproved land was comparatively less important, by a considerable degree, than the improvements introduced by
the labor of the cultivator (e.g., manuring and crop rotation), in determining its fertility. George had argued, in different
passages of Progress and Poverty, that increases in population both increased rent by bringing less productive land
under cultivation, and made marginal land more productive than before by the application of human labor--two contradictory
These arguments, indeed, robbed the Georgist theory of differential rent of much of its force--but only to the extent that
the Georgist theory was based on differences in fertility of soil. But the Georgist treatment of rent concerned not only differences
in fertility, but site advantages as well. On producers' surpluses accruing to the occupants of land more favorably situated
in relation to its market, Ingalls had little or nothing to say. But even though Ingalls did not directly address this point,
absentee landlordism has an effect in this regard as well in promoting differential rent. The rent accruing to land with site
advantages is artificially increased by the ability of landlords to keep vacant urban land out of the market. The phenomenon
is analogous to the one described above, regarding the withholding of more fertile land from cultivation by absentee landlords,
in increasing the differential rent of land in superior locations.
As Tucker stated it, the principle of occupancy tenure required the protection "of all people who desire to cultivate
land in the possession of whatever land they cultivate, without distinction between the existing classes of landlords, tenants,
and laborers, and the positive refusal of the protecting power to lend its aid to the collection of any rent whatsoever...."
This system was to be brought about by the refusal of ordinary people to pay rent or taxes, thus "compel[ling] the
State to repeal all the so-called land titles now existing."48
As Bill Orton argued in the quotes above, no "overlay" of land tenure rules can be deduced self-evidently from the right
of self-ownership; further, no system of transfer and abandonment rules can be logically derived even from an agreed labor
standard of appropriation. We can, however, evaluate the various sets of rules on prudential or consequentialist grounds,
insofar as they promote other shared values, or promote results conducive to commonly accepted standards of fairness. In my
opinion, the mutualist system of occupancy-and-use tenure has an advantage over both orthodox Lockean and Georgist systems,
in the fairness of its operation.
Both the mutualist and Georgist systems, unlike the Lockean system, deal with the unique scarcity of land, characterized
by the saying that "they ain't making any more of it"; both deal with the ethical objection to drawing an income from withholding
a resource that one did not create with one's own labor. Lockeans sometimes respond that the same argument applies to all
the matter one reworks by one's labor, and indeed to the very atoms in the laborer's own body. The problem with this response
is that the atoms in raw materials can be renewed and recombined, and (given a long enough time frame) reproduced in response
to virtually any level of demand. The same is not true of the available space in a property site (leaving aside quibbles
about marsh reclamation, ocean-farming, space colonies, etc.). Put in a more sophisticated form, the argument to land scarcity
is not so much that land isn't the creation of human labor, but that available site area is fixed (or virtually fixed) for
a particular area. Even given quibbles about marsh reclamation, etc., the supply of site area is extremely inelastic in the
face of demand, in comparison to the supply of movable goods.
At the same time, mutualism has an advantage over Georgism in that it recognizes an absolute individual right of property,
so long as it is established and maintained only by personal occupancy. The Georgists, in claiming the right to tax increases
in land value, claim a right by "the community" to penalize the occupant for the actions of his neighbors, over which he has
no control. My neighbors, in claiming the right to tax me for increases in the value of my land resulting from activities
they undertook on their own behalf, resemble the men on the make who wash windshields at intersections, and then demand payment
for this unsolicited "service."
Besides the inconsistency of this claim with normally accepted notions of fairness, it has additional practical difficulties.
For one, it requires some form of coercive apparatus to assess and collect rent on behalf of "the community"--unlike mutualism,
which simply requires voluntary associations to defend the occupant in his possession. (In fairness, though, according to
the Georgist property rights "overlay," this isn't coercive in the sense of initiating force, because ultimate property rights
are located in the community and the community is simply regulating access to its own commons.) In addition, by funding social
services out of rent, rather than user fees, Georgism fails to address the irrationalities produced by divorcing cost from
price. Georgists are prone to exaggerate the number of public goods or "territorial monopolies"--assuming that any exist at
all. It is conducive to economic efficiency that if any service can be funded by user fees, it should be. The cost of the
residuum of public goods, assuming there are any, is likely to be of insufficient cost to soak up all the land-rent collected.
Tucker's version of mutualist land tenure leaves some questions open, or at least inadequately answered. Perhaps the most
important was raised by "Egoist," in correspondence with Liberty. Egoist pointed out the seeming contradiction between
wage labor and occupancy-based ownership: "....if production is carried on in groups, as it now is, who is the legal occupier
of the land? The employer, the manager, or the ensemble of those engaged in the co-operative work? The latter appearing the
only rational answer...."49 Tucker, unfortunately, did not respond to this particular item in Egoist's letter,
and therefore we cannot be sure how he would have dealt with this issue. It is, clearly, something that can be answered only
at least as much by local social consensus as by logical deduction from principle.
Another question only partially answered is that of economic rent. Tucker gave little attention to issues of economic rent
from superior fertility or site advantage. He believed that absentee landlord rent far outweighed it in importance, and that
it could be safely left alone so long as landlordism was abolished.
It was Oppenheimer, ironically a Georgist, who demonstrated why most rent deriving from site and fertility advantage would
be relatively insignificant in a system of occupancy and use tenure. Oppenheimer, like Tucker, admitted that rent might accrue
to land from advantages in fertility or location, without resulting from any exploitative relationship existing. But while
the holders of such land might have to work less for the same income, he believed the forces of the market would still prevent
large concentrations of wealth resulting from the holding of superior land. Oppenheimer regarded rent per acre as less important
than the total rent accruing to a single owner.
Oppenheimer goes so far as to assert that in a system where unused land is freely accessible, rent cannot survive. Rent-bearing
land would be partitioned through inheritance; while land that did not bear rent would remain unpartitioned in the hands of
one heir, the other heirs taking new lands. Thus the sizes of properties would be in inverse proportion to their rent capacity,
and the smaller a property the more intensively it would be cultivated until rents were eliminated by diminishing returns.50
Still, this is relevant mainly to differential rent based on superior location or fertility of land--not to scarce natural
resources like minerals.
As we have seen, arguments for the superiority of one set of property rules over another can be established only on consequentialist
grounds (i.e., on the basis of prudential assessments of how they lead to results consistent with commonly accepted ideas
of "fairness"), and not deduced from principle. Any decentralized, post-state society, following the collapse of central power,
is likely to be a panarchy characterized by a wide variety of local property systems. For them to coexist peacefully, all
three property systems must reflect the understanding of their most enlightened proponents. Those favoring each of the property
system must be willing to admit that it is not self-evidently true, or at least be willing to acquiesce to the system favored
by majority consensus in each particular area.
Bill Orton, who favors Lockean (or "sticky") property, has made some provocative observations on how property metasystems
have coexisted in the past, and speculations on how they are likely to do in the future. The three major metasystems we have
examined in this section are agreed that aggression is bad. The reason they come into conflict is that they differ greatly
in how they define "aggression." Accusations of aggression or initiation of force, according to Orton, result from conflicting
property overlays. "Liberty (and initiation of force) is defined in terms of property rights...."51
....(almost) nobody claims to initiate force. When people accuse others of different political persuasions of initiating
force, they are using their own property overlay, their own standard of property. Judged from his own property
overlay, he is not initiating force at all. E.g., if you favor sticky property, then squatting is a no-no. If you favor possession
property, squatting is just fine. The conception of "force" is different, due to the differing system of property.52
In the past, proponents of one or the other metasystem have often been lacking in the forbearance needed to coexist peacefully
with other property systems. And today, many libertarian socialists and anarcho-capitalists see the very existence of other
property systems as an affront.
Yes, there are some anarcho-socialists who would attack people who use sticky property, and there are some anarcho-capitalists
who would attack people who use usufruct property. If you don't believe this last, look back at comments related to aboriginal
peoples--you see claims that it's okay to loot their hunting grounds because... they don't have deeds, they don't recognize
private ownership of land, etc. But ownership is objective--it doesn't matter if they recognize it. They've either separated
it from the [unowned] commons, mixed their labor and personality with it..., or they haven't.53
Saying "all market anarchists" are tolerant of usufruct arrangements is grossly mistaken. People on this very board have
"justified" US grabs of Indian land on the basis of arguments like: they didn't recognize sticky property, they didn't officially
claim it, so they have no property rights." Other rabid quasi-Randroids deem usufruct "collectivist" arrangements as downright
evil, and to be obliterated. Make no mistake, there do exist many intolerant market anarchists.54
Orton expressed hope for peaceful coexistence of property systems, after "separation of property and state":
If ancapistan turned anti-capitalist, I probably wouldn't notice. I believe that without a State capitalism and socialism
are harmonious and non-conflicting. Sure, you may call it a syndical or mutual, while I call it a firm with restricted transfer
of ownership. You may call it a commune while I call it a household. Whatever.
Of course, hypothesizing that everyone will have the same economic ideology after separation of Econ and State is like
saying that everyone will become atheist after separation of Church and State. No, just as there are various religions and
denominations and cults with disestablishment, similarly there will be all sorts of economic arrangements with statelessness.
There will be more, not fewer, economic experiments, just as the number of religious cults proliferated. Thus, the answer
to your question will most likely turn out to be: Move to the next block, or a mile down the road, or simply change the people
you deal with.
But the main answer would be: Who cares? The commies look just like capitalists to me. Who cares about the economic school
of the guy who grows your potatoes or bakes your bread?55
I've come to the conclusion that both socialists and capitalists would benefit from a stateless society. Even if there
is predominance of one form or the other, I think it would be easy and mellow to start a minority enclave. Certainly a damn
sight easier than going up against a State! But I seriously doubt that any particular property form will dominate. There'll
be every kind of property arrangement that you can imagine, and many more you can't. When religion was disestablished, when
it went anarchist, did everyone become an atheist? Did the Catholic Church, or any other church or religion dominate?56
The coexistence of different systems of property in a panarchy would require an agreement by all parties to respect the
rules established by majority consensus in each area, along with an arbitration system for disputes:
Now, for the dispute at hand [between syndicalist workers and a dispossessed capitalist], the property theories
of the disputants are different, so "who is the aggressor" is at issue. By the usufruct theory, the returning capitalist is
the aggressor; by the sticky theory the syndicalist workers are the aggressors. There can be no internal theoretical resolution.
To avoid violence, some kind of moderation or arbitration is almost certainly necessary. The disputants could agree upon
a wise arbiter, one without bias for or against either type of property system, to settle the issue. E.g. Wolf De Voon, who
has made it clear that he thinks property amounts more or less to what the neighbors will allow. He would probably judge based
on local custom and expectations of the parties involved. E.g. If the factory were located in an area where sticky property
dominates, where the capitalist had reasonable expectation of sticky ownership, where the local people expect the same, and
the syndicalist workers came in from a 'foreign' culture expecting to pull a fast one, then he'd probably judge in favor of
the capitalist. OTOH If the factory were located in an area where usufruct dominates, and virtually all the locals expect
and act in accordance with usufruct, and the capitalist, representing the 'foreign' culture, was trying to pull a property
coup, then he would probably rule in favor of the syndicalist workers.
Neither property system can be proved to be correct. Proof requires agreement on a set of axioms. Capitalists and syndicalists
don't agree on the axioms concerning property, so proof is impossible. So it's force or arbitration, and we all know which
is better in the long run.57
B. Tucker‘s Big Four: The Money Monopoly.
In every system of class exploitation, a ruling class controls access to the means of production in order to extract tribute
from labor. The landlord monopoly, which we examined in the last section, is one example of this principle. And until the
nineteenth century, the control of land was probably the single most important form of privilege by which labor was forced
to accept less than its product as a wage. But in industrial capitalism, arguably, the importance of landlordism has been
surpassed in importance by the money monopoly. Under that latter form of privilege, the state's licensing of banks, capitalization
requirements, and other market entry barriers enable banks to charge a monopoly price for loans in the form of usurious interest
rates. Thus, labor's access to capital is restricted, and labor is forced to pay tribute in the form of artificially high
Individualist anarchists like William Greene58 and Benjamin Tucker viewed the money monopoly as central
to the capitalist system of privilege. As Tucker pointed out, the capitalist bank, in the case of a secured "loan," does not
in fact lend anything. The banker "invests little or no capital of his own, and therefore, lends none to his customers,
since the security which they furnish him constitutes the capital upon which he operates...."59 What the banker
actually does is perform the simple service of making the "borrower's" property available in a liquid form. And because of
the state's laws, which restrict the performance of this "service" to those with enough available capital to meet its capitalization
requirements, he is able to charge a usurious price for it.
The process of obtaining a banking charter from the government, either federal or state, was described by Karl Hess and
David Morris in Neighborhood Power:
First, one gets a certificate which gives permission to raise capital for the bank and outlines what conditions need to
be met in order to receive a charter. Step two is getting the charter after having met the conditions. The conditions are
numerous, but the most important one is that a given amount of deposit capital must be raised in a specific period of time.
In order to get permission to raise capital a group must prove that there is a reason to have another bank, that it can serve
a necessary function, and that it has a viable chance of succeeding.60
In a genuinely free banking market, any voluntary grouping of individuals could form a cooperative bank and issue mutual
bank notes against any form of collateral they chose, with acceptance of these notes as tender being a condition of membership.
Tucker and Greene usually treated land as the most likely form of collateral, but at one point Greene speculated that a mutual
bank might choose to honor not only marketable property as collateral, but the "pledging ... [of] future production."61
But assuming that the mutual bank limited itself to rendering liquid the property of its members, there would be, strictly
speaking, "no borrowing at all":
The so-called borrower would simply so change the face of his own title as to make it recognizable by the world at large,
and at no other expense than the mere cost of the alteration. That is to say, the man having capital or good credit, who...
should go to a... bank... and procure a certain amount of its notes by the ordinary process of mortgaging property or getting
endorsed commercial paper discounted, would only exchange his own personal credit... for the bank's credit, known and receivable
for products delivered throughout the State, or the nation, or perhaps the world. And for this convenience the bank would
charge him only the labor-cost of its service in effecting the exchange of credits, instead of the ruinous rates of discount
by which, under the present system of monopoly, privileged banks tax the producers of unprivileged property out of house and
Were the property owned by the working class freed up for mobilization as capital by such means, and the producers allowed
to organize their own credit without hindrance, the resources at their disposal would be enormous. As Alexander Cairncross
observed, "the American worker has at his disposal a larger stock of capital at home than in the factory where he is employed...."63
Abundant cheap credit would drastically alter the balance of power between capital and labor, and returns on labor would
replace returns on capital as the dominant form of economic activity. According to Robinson,
Upon the monopoly rate of interest for money that is... forced upon us by law, is based the whole system of interest upon
capital, that permeates all modern business.
With free banking, interest upon bonds of all kinds and dividends upon stock would fall to the minimum bank interest charge.
The so-called rent of houses... would fall to the cost of maintenance and replacement.
All that part of the product which is now taken by interest would belong to the producer. Capital, however... defined,
would practically cease to exist as an income producing fund, for the simple reason that if money, wherewith to buy capital,
could be obtained for one-half of one per cent, capital itself could command no higher price.64
And the result would be a drastically improved bargaining position for tenants and workers against the owners of land and
capital. According to Gary Elkin, Tucker's free market anarchism carried certain inherent libertarian socialist implications:
It's important to note that because of Tucker's proposal to increase the bargaining power of workers through access to
mutual credit, his so-called Individualist anarchism is not only compatible with workers' control but would in fact promote
it. For if access to mutual credit were to increase the bargaining power of workers to the extent that Tucker claimed it would,
they would then be able to (1) demand and get workplace democracy, and (2) pool their credit buy and own companies collectively.65
Given the worker's improved bargaining position, "capitalists' ability to extract surplus value from the labor of employees
would be eliminated or at least greatly reduced."66 As compensation for labor approached value-added, returns
on capital were driven down by market competition, and the value of corporate stock consequently plummeted, the worker would
become a de facto co-owner of his workplace, even if the company remained nominally stockholder-owned.
Near-zero interest rates would increase the independence of labor in all sorts of interesting ways. For one thing, anyone
with a twenty-year mortgage at 8% now could, in the absence of usury, pay it off in ten years. Most people in their 30s would
own their houses free and clear. Between this and the nonexistence of high-interest credit card debt, two of the greatest
sources of anxiety to keep one's job at any cost would disappear. In addition, many workers would have large savings ("go
to hell money"). Significant numbers would retire in their forties or fifties, cut back to part-time, or start businesses;
with jobs competing for workers, the effect on bargaining power would be revolutionary.
Under industrial capitalism, Tucker argued, the money monopoly reinforced the monopoly of land and capital. Site rent,
as such, depended mainly on the enforcement of absentee land titles. The availability of all vacant land for homesteading
would cause ground rent, as such to fall to zero through competition. But in built-up areas, the value of improvements and
buildings outweighed that of the site itself. And the availability of interest-free credit would, likewise by competition,
would cause house rent to fall to zero. Nobody would pay rent on a house when he could get the wherewithal, interest free,
to build one of his own. And by the same token, nobody would accept significantly less than his labor product in return for
the use of the means of production, when he and his fellow workers could mobilize the interest-free capital to buy their own.
"In this situation," as Gary Elkin wrote, "it would be absurd for workers to pay someone else (i.e. a capitalist)
more for the use of tools and equipment than a fee equal to their depreciation and maintenance costs plus the cost of the
taxes (if any) and utilities involved in housing them."67
In addition to all this, central banking systems perform an additional service to the interests of capital. First of all,
a major requirement of finance capitalists is to avoid inflation, in order to allow predictable returns on investment. This
is ostensibly the primary purpose of the Federal Reserve and other central banks. But at least as important is the role of
the central banks in promoting what they consider a "natural" level of unemployment--until the 1990s around six per cent.
The reason is that when unemployment goes much below this figure, labor becomes increasingly uppity and presses for better
pay and working conditions and more autonomy. Workers are willing to take a lot less crap off the boss when they know they
can find a job at least as good the next day. On the other hand, nothing is so effective in "getting your mind right" as the
knowledge that people are lined up to take your job.
The Clinton "prosperity" was a seeming exception to this principle. As unemployment threatened to drop below the four per
cent mark, a minority of the Federal Reserve agitated to raise interest rates and take off the "inflationary" pressure by
throwing a few million workers on the street. But as Greenspan testified before the Senate Banking Committee, the situation
was unique. Given the degree of job insecurity in the high-tech economy, there was "[a]typical restraint on compensation
increases." In 1996, even with a tight labor market, 46% of workers at large firms were fearful of layoffs--compared to
only 25% in 1991, when unemployment was much higher.
The reluctance of workers to leave their jobs to seek other employment as the labor market tightened has provided further
evidence of such concern, as has the tendency toward longer labor union contracts. For many decades, contracts rarely exceeded
three years. Today, one can point to five- and six-year contracts--contracts that are commonly characterized by an emphasis
on job security and that involve only modest wage increases. The low level of work stoppages of recent years also attests
to concern about job security.68
Thus the willingness of workers during the Clinton "boom" to trade off smaller increases in wages for greater job security
seems to be reasonably well documented. For the bosses, the high-tech economy is the next best thing to high unemployment
for keeping our minds right. "Fighting inflation" translates operationally to increasing job insecurity and making workers
less likely to strike or to look for new jobs.
C. Tucker‘s Big Four: Patents.
Although Tucker included patents and tariffs among his big four privileges, he approached them in a largely individualistic
manner, as a source mainly of monopoly prices to the consumer. He ignored, for the most part, the effects of patents and tariffs
on business structure, and their role in promoting cartelization in the late nineteenth century. Patents and tariffs, along
with transportation subsidies (a form of government intervention that Tucker ignored in his own time) together laid the foundation
in the late nineteenth century for what was to become twentieth century monopoly capitalism.
The patent privilege has been used on a massive scale to promote concentration of capital, erect entry barriers, and maintain
a monopoly of advanced technology in the hands of western corporations. It is hard even to imagine how much more decentralized
the economy would be without it.
Although right-libertarians of all stripes are commonly stereotyped as apologists for big business, Murray Rothbard was
not shy about denouncing patents as a fundamental violation of free market principles:
The man who has not bought a machine and who arrives at the same invention independently, will, on the free market, be
perfectly able to use and sell his invention. Patents prevent a man from using his invention even though all the property
is his and he has not stolen the invention, either explicitly or implicitly, from the first inventor. Patents, therefore,
are grants of exclusive monopoly privilege by the State and are invasions of property rights on the market.69
It is sometimes argued, in response to attacks on patents as monopolies, that "all property is a monopoly." True, as far
as it goes; but property in land, even when based on occupancy alone, is a monopoly by the nature of the case. A parcel of
land can only be occupied and used by one owner at a time, because it is finite. By nature, two people cannot occupy the same
physical space at the same time. "Intellectual property," in contrast, is an artificial monopoly on the right to perform a
certain action--to arrange material elements or symbols in a particular configuration--which is not otherwise restricted of
necessity to one person at a time. And unlike property in tangible goods and land, the defense of which is a necessary outgrowth
of the attempt to maintain possession, enforcement of "property rights" in ideas requires the invasion of someone else's space.
[E]veryone's property right is defended in libertarian law without a patent. If someone has an idea or plan and constructs
an invention, and it is stolen from his house, the stealing is an act of theft illegal under general law. On the other hand,
patents actually invade the property rights of those independent discoverers of an idea or an invention who made the
discovery after the patentee….
Patents, therefore, invade rather than defend property rights.70
Patents make an astronomical price difference. Until the early 1970s, for example, Italy did not recognize drug patents.
As a result, Roche Products charged the British national health a price over 40 times greater for patented components of Librium
and Valium than charged by competitors in Italy.71
Patents suppress innovation as much as they encourage it. Chakravarthi Raghavan pointed out that research scientists who
actually do the work of inventing are required to sign over patent rights as a condition of employment, while patents and
industrial security programs prevent sharing of information, and suppress competition in further improvement of patented inventions.72
Rothbard likewise argued that patents eliminate "the competitive spur for further research" because incremental innovation
based on others' patents is hindered, and because the holder can "rest on his laurels for the entire period of the patent,"
with no fear of a competitor improving his invention. And they hamper technical progress because "mechanical inventions
are discoveries of natural law rather than individual creations, and hence similar independent inventions occur all the time.
The simultaneity of inventions is a familiar historical fact."73
The intellectual property regime under the Uruguay Round of GATT goes far beyond traditional patent law in suppressing
innovation. One benefit of traditional patent law, at least, was that it required an invention under patent to be published.
Under U.S. pressure, however, "trade secrets" were included in GATT. As a result, governments will be required to help sup-
press information not formally protected by patents.74
And patents are not necessary as an incentive to innovate. According to Rothbard, invention is motivated not only by the
quasi-rents accruing to the first firm to introduce an innovation, but by the threat of being surpassed in product features
or productivity by its competitors. "In active competition... no business can afford to lag behind its competitors. The
reputation of a firm depends upon its ability to keep ahead, to be the first in the market with new improvements in its products
and new reductions in their prices.75
This is borne out by F. M. Scherer's testimony before the FTC in 1995.76 Scherer spoke of a survey of 91 companies
in which only seven "accorded high significance to patent protection as a factor in their R & D investments." Most
of them described patents as "the least important of considerations." Most companies considered their chief motivation
in R & D decisions to be "the necessity of remaining competitive, the desire for efficient production, and the desire
to expand and diversify their sales." In another study, Scherer found no negative effect on R & D spending as a result
of compulsory licensing of patents. A survey of U.S. firms found that 86% of inventions would have been developed without
patents. In the case of automobiles, office equipment, rubber products, and textiles, the figure was 100%.
The one exception was drugs, in which 60% supposedly would not have been invented. I suspect either self-deception or disingenuousness
on the part of the respondents, however. For one thing, drug companies get an unusually high portion of their R & D funding
from the government, and many of their most lucrative products were developed entirely at government expense. And Scherer
himself cited evidence to the contrary. The reputation advantage for being the first into a market is considerable. For example
in the late 1970s, the structure of the industry and pricing behavior was found to be very similar between drugs with and
those without patents. Being the first mover with a non-patented drug allowed a company to maintain a 30% market share and
to charge premium prices.
The injustice of patent monopolies is exacerbated by government funding of research and innovation, with private industry
reaping monopoly profits from technology it didn't spend a penny to develop. In 1999, extending the research and experimentation
tax credit was, along with extensions of a number of other corporate tax preferences, considered the most urgent business
of the Congressional leadership. Hastert, when asked if any elements of the tax bill were essential, said: "I think the
[tax preference] extenders are something we're going to have to work on." Ways and Means Chair Bill Archer added,
"before the year is out... we will do the extenders in a very stripped down bill that doesn't include anything else."
A five-year extension of the research and experimentation credit (retroactive to 1 July 1999) was expected to cost $13.1 billion.
(That credit makes the effective tax rate on R & D spending less than zero).77
The Government Patent Policy Act of 1980, with 1984 and 1986 amendments, allowed private industry to keep patents on products
developed with government R & D money--and then to charge ten, twenty, or forty times the cost of production. For example,
AZT was developed with government money and in the public domain since 1964. The patent was given away to Burroughs Wellcome
As if the deck were not sufficiently stacked already, the pharmaceutical companies in 1999 actually lobbied Congress to
extend certain patents by two years by a special act of private law.79
Patents have been used throughout the twentieth century "to circumvent antitrust laws," according to David Noble.
They were "bought up in large numbers to suppress competition," which also resulted in "the suppression of invention
itself."80 Edwin Prindle, a corporate patent lawyer, wrote in 1906:
Patents are the best and most effective means of controlling competition. They occasionally give absolute command of the
market, enabling their owner to name the price without regard to the cost of production.... Patents are the only legal form
of absolute monopoly.81
The exchange or pooling of patents between competitors, historically, has been a key method for cartelizing industries.
This was true especially of the electrical appliance, communications, and chemical industries. G. E. and Westinghouse expanded
to dominate the electrical manufacturing market at the turn of the century largely through patent control. In 1906 they curtailed
the patent litigation between them by pooling their patents. G.E., in turn (later to become the patriarchal see of Gerard
Swope), had been formed in 1892 by consolidating the patents of the Edison and Thomson-Houston interests.82 AT&T
also expanded "primarily through strategies of patent monopoly." The American chemical industry was marginal until
1917, when Attorney-General Mitchell Palmer seized German patents and distributed them among the major American chemical companies.
Du Pont got licenses on 300 of the 735 patents.83
Patents are also being used on a global scale to lock the transnational corporations into a permanent monopoly of productive
technology. The single most totalitarian provision of the Uruguay Round is probably its "industrial property" provisions.
GATT has extended both the scope and duration of patents far beyond anything ever envisioned in original patent law. In England,
patents were originally for fourteen years--the time needed to train two journeymen in succession (and by analogy, the time
necessary to go into production and reap the initial profit for originality). By that standard, given the shorter training
times required today, and the shorter lifespan of technology, the period of monopoly should be shorter. Instead, the U.S.
seeks to extend them to fifty years.84 According to Martin Khor Kok Peng, the U.S. is by far the most absolutist
of the participants in the Uruguay Round. Unlike the European Community, and for biological processes for animal and plant
The provisions for biotech are really a way of increasing trade barriers, and forcing consumers to subsidize the TNCs engaged
in agribusiness. The U.S. seeks to apply patents to genetically-modified organisms, effectively pirating the work of generations
of Third World breeders by isolating beneficial genes in traditonal varieties and incorporating them in new GMOs--and maybe
even enforcing patent rights against the traditional variety which was the source of the genetic material. For example Monsanto
has attempted to use the presence of their DNA in a crop as prima facie evidence of pirating--when it is much more likely
that their variety cross-pollinated and contaminated the farmer's crop against his will. The Pinkerton agency, by the way,
plays a leading role in investigating such charges--that's right, the same folks who have been breaking strikes and kicking
organizers down stairs for the past century. Even jack-booted thugs have to diversify to make it in the global economy.
The developed world has pushed particularly hard to protect industries relying on or producing "generic technologies,"
and to restrict diffusion of "dual use" technologies. The U. S.-Japanese trade agreement on semi-conductors, for example,
is a "cartel-like, 'managed trade' agreement." So much for "free trade."86
Patent law traditionally required a holder to work the invention in a country in order to receive patent protection. U.K.
law allowed compulsory licensing after three years if an invention was not being worked, or being worked fully, and demand
was being met "to a substantial extent" by importation; or where the export market was not being supplied because of the patentee's
refusal to grant licenses on reasonable terms.87
The central motivation in the GATT intellectual property regime, however, is to permanently lock in the collective monopoly
of advanced technology by TNCs, and prevent independent competition from ever arising in the Third World. It would, as Martin
Khor Kok Peng writes, "effectively prevent the diffusion of technology to the Third World, and would tremendously increase
monopoly royalties of the TNCs whilst curbing the potential development of Third World technology." Only one percent of
patents worldwide are owned in the Third World. Of patents granted in the 1970s by Third World countries, 84% were foreign-owned.
But fewer than 5% of foreign-owned patents were actually used in production. As we saw before, the purpose of owning a patent
is not necessarily to use it, but to prevent anyone else from using it.88
Raghavan summed up nicely the effect on the Third World:
Given the vast outlays in R and D and investments, as well as the short life cycle of some of these products, the leading
Industrial Nations are trying to prevent emergence of competition by controlling... the flows of technology to others. The
Uruguay round is being sought to be used to create export monopolies for the products of Industrial Nations, and block or
slow down the rise of competitive rivals, particularly in the newly industrializing Third World countries. At the same time
the technologies of senescent industries of the north are sought to be exported to the South under conditions of assured rentier
Corporate propagandists piously denounce anti-globalists as enemies of the Third World, seeking to use trade barriers to
maintain an affluent Western lifestyle at the expense of the poor nations. The above measures--trade barriers--to permanently
suppress Third World technology and keep the South as one big sweatshop, give the lie to this "humanitarian" concern. This
is not a case of differing opinions, or of sincerely mistaken understanding of the facts. Setting aside false subtleties,
what we see here is pure evil at work--Orwell's "boot stamping on a human face forever." If any architects of this policy
believe it to be for general human well-being, it only shows the capacity of ideology to justify the oppressor to himself
and enable him to sleep at night.
D. Tucker’s Big Four: Tariffs
As with patents, we are interested here in the aspects of tariffs that Tucker neglected: their effect in promoting the
cartelization of industry. In the next chapter, on the rise of monopoly capitalism, we will see the full-blown effects of
what Schumpeter called "export-dependent monopoly capitalism." That term refers to an economic system in which industry cartelizes
behind the protection of tarriff barriers; sells its output domestically for a monopoly price significantly higher than market-clearing
level, in order to obtain super-profits at the consumer's expense; and disposes of its unsellable product abroad, by dumping
it below cost if necessary.
The tariff was commonly called "the mother of trusts" by the populists of a century ago, because of the way it facilitated
collusion between large domestic producers and the creation of oligopolies. Mises, in Human Action, described the dependence
of cartels on tariff barriers (especially interacting with other state-enforced monopolies like patents). Of course, in keeping
with his usual "pro-business" emphasis, Mises treated the large industrial firms, at worst, as passive beneficiaries of a
state protectionist policy aimed primarily at raising the wages of labor. This parallels his view of the early industrial
capitalists, and their non-implication in the primitive accumulation process, in the previous chapter.
According to Kolko's account in The Triumph of Conservatism, the large trusts at the turn of the twentieth century
were not able to maintain their market share against more efficient smaller firms. The stabilization of most industries on
an oligopoly pattern was possible, in the end, only with the additional help of the "Progressive" Era's anti-competitive regulations.
The fact that the trusts were so unstable, despite the cartelizing effects of tariffs and patents, speaks volumes about the
level of state intervention necessary to maintain monopoly capitalism. But without the combined influence of tariffs, patents,
and railroad subsidies, it is unlikely they would have been able to make even a credible attempt to organize such trusts in
the first place.
One form of contemporary government intervention that Tucker almost entirely ignored was transportation subsidies. This
seems odd at first glance, since "internal improvements" had been a controversial issue throughout the nineteenth century,
and were a central part of the mercantilist agenda of the Whigs and the Gilded Age GOP. Indeed, Lincoln has announced the
beginning of his career with a "short but sweet" embrace of Henry Clay's program: a national bank, a high tariff, and internal
improvements. This neglect, however, was in keeping with Tucker's inclination. He was concerned with privilege primarily as
it promoted monopoly profits through unfair exchange at the individual level, and not as it affected the overall structure
of production. The kind of government intervention that James O'Connor was later to write about, that promoted accumulation
and concentration by directly subsidizing the operating costs of big business, largely escaped his notice.
At the end of the previous section, we noted that the failure of the trust movement reflected the insufficiency of railroad
subsidies, tariffs and patents alone to maintain stable monopoly power. But without the government-subsidized "internal improvements"
of the nineteenth century, it is doubtful that most national-scale industrial firms would even have existed, let alone been
able to make attempts at collusion.
Adam Smith argued over two hundred years ago for the fairness of internalizing the costs of transportation infrastructure
through user fees.
It does not seem necessary that the expense of those public works should be defrayed from that public revenue, as it is
commonly called, of which the collection and application is in most countries assigned to the executive power. The greater
part of such public works may easily be so managed as to afford a particular revenue sufficient for defraying their own expense,
without bringing any burden upon the general revenue of society....
When the carriages which pass over a highway or a bridge, and the lighters which sail upon a navigable canal, pay toll
in proportion to their weight or their tonnage, they pay for the maintenance of those public works exactly in proportion to
the wear and tear which they occasion of them. It seems scarce possible to invent a more equitable way of maintaining such
works. This tax or toll too, though it is advanced by the carrier, is finally paid by the consumer, to whom it must always
be charged in the price of the goods....
It seems not unreasonable that the extraordinary expense which the protection of any particular branch of commerce may
occasion should be defrayed by a moderate tax upon that particular branch; by a moderate fine, for example, to be paid by
the traders when they first enter into it, or, what is more equal, by a particular duty of so much percent upon the goods
which they either import into, or export out of, the particular countries with which it is carried on.90
But that's not the way things work under what the neoliberals like to call "free market capitalism." Spending on transportation
and communications networks from general revenues, rather than from taxes and user fees, allows big business to "externalize
its costs" on the public, and conceal its true operating expenses. Chomsky described this state capitalist underwriting of
shipping costs quite accurately:
One well-known fact about trade is that it's highly subsidized with huge market-distorting factors.... The most obvious
is that every form of transport is highly subsidized.... Since trade naturally requires transport, the costs of transport
enter into the calculation of the efficiency of trade. But there are huge subsidies to reduce the costs of transport, through
manipulation of energy costs and all sorts of market-distorting functions.91
Every wave of concentration of capital in the United States has followed a publicly subsidized infrastructure system of
some sort. The national railroad system, built largely on free or below-cost land donated by the government, was followed
by concentration in heavy industry, petrochemicals, and finance. Albert Nock ridiculed the corporate liberals of his time,
who held up the corruption of the railroad companies as examples of the failure of "rugged individualism" and "laissez-faire."
It is nowadays the fashion, even among those who ought to know better, to hold "rugged individualism" and laissez-faire
responsible for the riot of stock-waterings, rebates, rate-cutting, fraudulent bankruptcies, and the like, which prevailed
in our railway-practice after the Civil War, but they had no more to do with it than they have with the precession of the
equinoxes. The fact is that our railways, with few exceptions, did not grow up in response to any actual economic demand.
They were speculative enterprises enabled by State intervention, by allotment of the political means in the form of land-grants
and subsidies; and of all the evils alleged against our railway-practice, there is not one but what is directly traceable
to this primary intervention.92
The modern telecommunications system goes back to the Bell Patent association, organized in 1875; the various Bell systems
were consolidated as AT&T in 1900. Without the government's enforcement of its huge arsenal of patents on virtually every
aspect of telephony, a centralized communications infrastructure would have been impossible on anything like the present scale.93
And that is leaving out entirely the role of government franchises and right-of-way grants in the rise of the AT&T monopoly.
The next major transportation projects were the national highway system, starting with the system of designated national
highways in the 1920s and culminating with Eisenhower's interstate system; and the civil aviation system, built almost entirely
with federal money. The result was massive concentration in retail, agriculture, and food processing.
The most recent such project was the infrastructure of the worldwide web, originally built by the Pentagon. It permits,
for the first time, direction of global operations in real time from a single corporate headquarters, and is accelerating
the concentration of capital on a global scale. To quote Chomsky again, "The telecommunications revolution... is... another
state component of the international economy that didn't develop through private capital, but through the public paying to
The centralized corporate economy depends for its existence on a shipping price system which is artificially distorted
by government intervention. To fully grasp how dependent the corporate economy is on socializing transportation and communications
costs, imagine what would happen if truck and aircraft fuel were taxed enough to pay the full cost of maintenance and new
building costs on highways and airports; and if fossil fuels depletion allowances were removed. The result would be a massive
increase in shipping costs. Does anyone seriously believe that Wal-Mart could continue to undersell local retailers, or corporate
agribusiness could destroy the family farm?
It is fallacious to say that state-subsidized infrastructure "creates efficiencies" by making possible large-scale production
for a national market. The fact that a large, centralized infrastructure system can only come about when the state subsidizes
or organizes it from above, or that such state action causes it to exist on a larger scale than it otherwise would, indicates
that the transaction costs are so high that the benefits are not worth it to people spending their own money. There
is no demand for it by consumers willingly spending their own money, at the actual costs of providing the services, risks
and all, without state intervention.
If production on the scale promoted by infrastructure subsidies were actually efficient enough to compensate for real
distribution costs, the manufacturers would have presented enough effective demand for such long-distance shipping at actual
costs to pay for it without government intervention. On the other hand, an apparent "efficiency" that presents a positive
ledger balance only by shifting and concealing real costs, is no "efficiency" at all. Costs cannot be destroyed. Shifting
them does not make them any less of a cost--it only means that, since they aren't being paid by the beneficiary of the service,
he profits at someone else's expense. There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.
Intellectually honest right-libertarians freely admit as much. For example, Tibor Machan wrote in The Freeman that
Some people will say that stringent protection of rights [against eminent domain] would lead to small airports,
at best, and many constraints on construction. Of course--but what's so wrong with that?
Perhaps the worst thing about modern industrial life has been the power of political authorities to grant special privileges
to some enterprises to violate the rights of third parties whose permission would be too expensive to obtain. The need to
obtain that permission would indeed seriously impede what most environmentalists see as rampant--indeed reckless--industrialization.
The system of private property rights--in which... all... kinds of... human activity must be conducted within one's own
realm except where cooperation from others has been gained voluntarily--is the greatest moderator of human aspirations....
In short, people may reach goals they aren't able to reach with their own resources only by convincing others, through arguments
and fair exchanges, to cooperate.95
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2. Ibid. 106n.
3. Benjamin Tucker, "State Socialism and Anarchism," in Benjamin Tucker, Instead of a Book, by a Man Too Busy to Write
One. Gordon Press Facsimile (New York: Gordon Press, 1897, 1973) 12.
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The Sole Factors and Exact Ratios in Its Acquirement and Apportionment (New York: Social Science Publishing Co., 1885)
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Britannica, Inc., 1952) 165.
7. Robert Nozick, Anarchy, State, and Utopia (U.S.A.: Basic Books, 1974) 150-1.
8. Benjamin Tucker, "An Alleged Flaw in Anarchy," in Tucker, Instead of a Book 212.
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14. Murray Rothbard, Man, Economy, and State: A Treatise on Economic Principles (Auburn University, Alabama: Ludwig
von Mises Institute, 1993) 147.
15. Murray Rothbard, Power and Market: Government and the Economy (Kansas City: Sheed Andrews and Mcmeel, Inc.,
1970, 1977) 132.
16. Ibid. 133.
17. Jerome Tuccille, "Bits and Pieces," The Libertarian Forum (November 1, 1970) 3.
18. Rothbard, Power and Market 131-2.
19. Ludwig von Mises, Socialism (New York: Yale University Press, 1951) 375.
20. Edward Heimann, "Franz Oppenheimer’s Economic Ideas," Social Research (New York) (February 1944) 28.
21. Rothbard, Power and Market 132-3.
22. Ibid. 68.
23. See Bernie Jackson, "The Fine Art of Conservation," The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty (October 1998).
24. Rothbard, Power and Market 70.
25. Smith, Wealth of Nations 166-7.
26. Ibid. 168.
27. Ibid. 167.
28. Nock, Our Enemy, the State 80.
29. Thomas Hodgskin, The Natural and Artificial Right of Property Contrasted (London: B. Steil, 1832) 53-4.
30. Ibid. 55-6.
31. Ibid. 15.
32. Ibid. 52.
33. Ibid. 61-3.
34. Ibid. 67.
35. Ingalls, Social Wealth 287.
36. Ibid. 139.
37. Ibid. 133.
38. Ibid. 133.
39. Ibid. 132.
40. Ibid. 248-9.
41. Ibid. 252.
42. Ibid. 74.
43. Ibid. 68-9.
44. Ibid. 74.
45. Ibid. 69.
46. Ibid. 71.
47. Ibid. 71-2.
48. Benjamin Tucker, "The Land for the People," Liberty June 22, 1882, in Tucker, Instead of a Book 299-300.
49. Benjamin Tucker, "The Distribution of Rent," Liberty February 23, 1884, in Tucker, Instead of a Book 340.
50. Heimann, "Franz Oppenheimer’s Economic Ideas" 30.
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Captured April 30, 2004.
52. Orton, "Cohen's Argument."
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Captured April 30, 2004.
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Captured April 30, 2004.
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61. Greene, Mutual Banking 73.
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Captured May 15, 2004.
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70. Rothbard, Power and Market 71.
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World Network, 1990) 124.
72. Ibid. 118.
73. Rothbard, Man, Economy, and State 655, 658-9.
74. Raghavan, Recolonization 122.
75. Rothbard, Power and Market 74.
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Captured May 1, 2001.
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(New York: Seven Stories Press, 1994).
79. Benjamin Grove. "Gibbons Backs Drug Monopoly Bill," Las Vegas Sun 18 February 2000. http://www.ahc.umn.edu/NewsAlert/Feb00/022100NewsAlert/44500.htm
Captured May 1, 2001.
80. David Noble, America by Design: Science, Technology, and the Rise of Corporate Capitalism (New York: Alfred
A. Knopf, 1977) 84-109.
81. Ibid. 90.
82. Ibid. 92.
83. Ibid. 10, 16.
84. Raghavan, Recolonization 119-20.
85. Martin Khor Kok Peng, The Uruguay Round and Third World Sovereignty (Penang, Malaysia: Third World Network,
86. Dieter Ernst, Technology, Economic Security and Latecomer Industrialization, in Raghavan, Recolonization
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88. Martin Khor Kok Peng, The Uruguay Round and Third World Sovereignty 29-30.
89. Raghavan, Recolonization 96.
90. Smith, Wealth of Nations 315, 319.
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