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The Right to Exploit: Parasitism, Scarcity, and Basic Income

Gijs Van Donselaar


In 1895, an English farmer diverted the course of a stream that was flowing through his land, thereby cutting off the supply to the water reservoir of the neighboring community. The courts established that it had been his purpose to “injure the plaintiffs by carrying off the water and to compel them to buy him off.” Regardless of what the law says, most people will feel that the farmer's intentions were morally unjust; he was trying to abuse his property rights in order to take advantage of others. Yet, as this book explains, the major traditions in the theory of economic justice, both from th ... More

Keywords: property rights, economic justice, libertarian right, egalitarian left, exploitation, value of resources, labor-free income

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195140392
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140392.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gijs Van Donselaar, author
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands