From: Garrick

Sent: Monday, January 24, 2022 7:57 PM

To: [email protected]

Subject: Questions on privatization of land from a follower


I hope you are having a great week. I wrote this email with the intention that you could clarify a bit some aspects of privatization on land that I don’t think have been directly assessed. I am a follower of the ASC and a big fan of yours, I haven’t read your books yet but I have seen your great conferences; either way, by the title in your books I see that you have covered almost all aspects of privatization of natural resources following the logic stated in the ethics of liberty, I see that you have specifically applied the ethics to different scenarios with different characteristics (oceans, highways etc).

I wanted to ask you on some specific types of land and how would the logic of privatization work in those cases. I don’t think these specific types of land have ever been discussed, and if they have been I would really like if you could give me some references for me to research a bit more.

In this case I’m talking about Volcanoes, Mountains, Valleys, mountain ranges and old pyramids, things that naturally are consider as natural heritage. Would the privatization of land in this cases be anything special? how would it be done? How to argue that they belong to everyone as they are national heritage? How would the negative externalities of owning some of these types of land be solved?

Best regards, that’s all for now, I hope to hear from you soon,

Dear Garrick:

I don’t see why the privatization process of any of these things, Volcanoes, Mountains, Valleys, mountain ranges and old pyramids, would be different from that of ordinary land or water.

Here is my series of books on privatization:

Block, Walter E. 2009. The Privatization of Roads and Highways: Human and Economic Factors; Auburn, AL: The Mises Institute;; available for free here:; audio:;

Block, Walter E. and Peter Lothian Nelson. 2015. Water Capitalism: The Case for Privatizing Oceans, Rivers, Lakes, and Aquifers. New York City, N.Y.: Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield;

scathing review:

Nelson, Peter Lothian and Walter E. Block. 2018. Space capitalism: the case for privatizing space travel and colonization. Palgrave Macmillan;

Best regards,



9:41 am on January 28, 2022