Who Builds The Roads?
In 2012, President Obama gave his infamous "you didn't build that" speech, which Rob Flitton saw as a direct indictment of not only those who really do build and produce, but also of the individual. The speech admonished Americans to believe that achievement belongs to everyone regardless of their role or contribution, but also that we must be bound to one another as a collective whether we like it or not.
In debating the matter, a friend asked Rob "but don't we all benefit from the roads the government builds?"
At this moment that Rob realized that people do not understand that it is the developer (the private land owner in America) who builds the vast majority of roads and the utility infrastructures that serve American cities, towns and farms. Not only do developers build it all, but they're then required to hand over these tremendous assets to public ownership for free - i.e., in exchange for approvals, which approvals are arbitrary, capricious, and an immoral interference with their rights as individuals.
"Land", thought Rob, "and the right to control its use, is the basis of all fundamental human rights. Yet, almost no one, including my fellow land developers, understands and defends this, and so I need to do something about that." Hence, his new book project.
It dawned on Rob that there are a myriad of complex questions surrounding land and that a discussion is badly needed to inform not only the public in general, but the actual land developers who build every day and deserve to do so unhindered and guilt-free:
- Why is the free and unrestrained ownership of land an important right?
- What is the fairest way to decide land ownership rights?
- How does 'effective-ownership' by government destroy liberty?
- Did colonization set us on a course of unfair land-ownership privilege?
- Who should own the roads, and should government own land at all?
- Can land and property rights resolve injustice?
- Do today's regulations and zoning laws go too far?
- How can we ensure that someone's land is quietly protected from a neighbor's land-use?
- What important role does rainwater play in land rights?
- Why is there so much 'sameness' in housing today?
- What role did government regulation play in the 2007 real estate bubble?
In "Land: The Morality of Ownership" (coming in 2018), Rob Flitton will take on all of these questions and more.
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ABOUT ROB FLITTON
Rob Flitton is a real estate acquisitions and development professional and negotiations expert. His specialty is sourcing, negotiating and acquiring complex residential and commercial real estate projects, which he has carried out in several markets since 1985.
Presently in management with a Fortune 500 real estate development company - the 2nd Fortune 500 company he's been employed by - Rob has also worked with a diverse group of private real estate development entrepreneurs and financiers over his career.
He is interested in negotiation theory and teaches and writes on the topic.
In June 2017, Rob will be speaking on negotiations at the Objectivist Conference - the course will be tailored around his forthcoming book, "Profiting From Conflict." Details are available at the OCON 2017 website. Rob Flitton is an Objectivist and avid student and fan of the work of Ayn Rand.