On Occupancy-and-Use II

I have no quarrel with the occupancy-and-use property norm espoused by left anarchists so long as that entails what I consider reasonable theories of occupancy, use, abandonment, and appropriation. These are: 1) occupancy consists of possession by the owner or his agent, 2) use consists of deploying occupied property as a means of accomplishing a purpose or achieving a result, 3) abandonment consists of relinquishing occupancy and use through neglect, trade, or forced restitution, and 4) appropriation consists of occupying and using unoccupied and unused or abandoned scarce resources. Market forces will ultimately decide which of the numerous theories will survive in a free society, but these seem reasonable and generally preferable to me. What about you? And that’s today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.