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 the approvals, which approvals are an immoral interference with their land rights.
“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.”
It dawned on Rob that there are a myriad of complex questions surrounding land: how do we protect neighboring land uses from one another? why is there so much ‘sameness’ in housing today? what role did regulation play in the 2007 real estate bubble? who owns rainwater? did we steal America from the natives? are building codes and regulations necessary? In “Land: The Morality of Ownership“, 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.