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The Private Provision of Public Goods: The History and Future of Communal Liberalism Fred E. Foldvary Santa Clara University, California Liberalism and.

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1 The Private Provision of Public Goods: The History and Future of Communal Liberalism Fred E. Foldvary Santa Clara University, California Liberalism and Communal Self-administration Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Potsdam, Germany, Sept. 18, 2009

2 Public Goods and Private Communities, 1994

3 Research network on private urban governance Institute of Geography at the University of Mainz International Conference on Private Urban Governance; Mainz 2002

4 public Latin publicus, pertaining to the people. The public sector, government, as in public school or public library. Public school originally meant a school intended for the benefit of the public. In the USA it came to mean a school run by government.

5 private The private sector, non-governmental. Private goods, individually used. Public goods = collective goods. Collective: non-rival Excludable and non-excludable. Club goods: excludable

6 Government versus Private Enterprise Governance: rules and enforcement. Government: imposed by force. State: government and territory. Club: voluntary, contractual.

7 Governments vs. Communal Liberalism Government: No explicit agreement. Sovereign immunity; inequality. Communal liberalism: Explicit contracts, real agreement. All are legal equals.

8 What is freedom? Voluntary action. An ethic provides the meaning. Must be a universal ethic. Derived from human nature: Equality and independence.

9 The universal ethic 1. Benefit, welcomed by the recipient. 2. Benefits are morally good. 3. Harm, invasion into others domain. 4. All acts, and only those acts, that coercively harm others are evil. 5. All other acts are morally neutral.

10 Liberty A liberal society implements and enforces the universal ethic. The moral right to do X means the negation of X is morally wrong. We have the natural right to do what does not coercively harm others.

11 History of self-governance thought Thomas Spence, 1775, leaseholds. Ebenezer Howard, 1902, garden cities. Spencer Heath, Citadel, Market and Altar, Spencer MacCallum, Art of Community, The Voluntary City, 2002

12 Recent scholars of communal self-governance Spencer MacCallum Fred Foldvary Evan McKenzie, Privatopia David Beito Robert Nelson Chris Webster, U.K. Georg Glasze, Germany, geographer.

13 Communal self-governance Proprietary communities: hotels, landlord-owned apartments, shopping centers, office buildings, industrial estates, ships. Civic associations: co-operatives, condominiums, homeowners or residential associations. Demand is revealed by rent.

14 Residential associations Clubs that provide collective goods to their members with rules, CC&Rs: conditions, covenants, and restrictions. Covenant: contract to do or not do.

15 History of self-governance Towns of medieval Europe. Anglo-Saxon freeholders. The hotel, a proprietary community. Real estate art of community.

16 Early residential associations 1700s, London, Leicester Square. 1837, Victoria Park, Manchester. 1918, New York City, housing cooperatives.

17 Proprietary Communities Apartment buildings. Hotels. Shopping centers. Industrial parks and estates. Multiple-use real estate. Mobile houses.

18 Examples in PGPC Walt Disney World, Florida, Arden Village land trust, Delaware, Private places in St. Louis, from 1800s.

19 The future of communal liberalism Larger, varied, real estate projects; multiple-tenant income properties. Developers stay involved. Federations of private communities. More civic associations, e.g. in China. Gated communities for protection.

20 Greater demand for contractual governance: Greater wealth creates a greater demand for collective goods, more than government provides. Bad government is remedied by communal self-governance.

21 Technology Better technology reduces the rationale for government intervention.

22 Better technology Increases economic complexity. Reduces natural monopolies. Creates better boundaries. Makes information cheaper. Favors communal self-governance.

23 The impact of complexity It complicates what it is the regulator seeks to know. Example: financial assets. Requires knowledge of future outcomes. As Hayek said, knowledge is decentralized, ever changing, not able to be collected by a central planner. Markets coordinate, innovate, liberate.

24 Questions? ******


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