4.3.1-5: Land Value Capture and Conflict Resolution

Module 4, Section 3.1-5

Land Value Capture and Conflict Resolution

3.1 This section discusses the potential of land value capture as a tool for conflict resolution and introduces the concept of “geo-confederation” as developed by Dr. Fred Foldvary in his paper Peace through Confederal Democracy and Economic Justice.

3.2 Social justice, based on individual empowerment and equal rights, is the key to peace. Social justice includes political rights such as voting, legal rights to equal treatment by law, and economic rights, the right to one's own labor and to an equal benefit of natural opportunities.

3.4 Attempts to create unitary democratic governments often fail because of ethnic conflicts. Despite their variety of cultural and historical issues, these conflicts are most often rooted in social injustice with economic and political dimensions. In a unitary state, groups seek dominant positions of power and control. In ethno-territorial struggles the underlying economic conflict, usually related to land and natural resources, is too often left untouched.

3.5 The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an archetype of ethnic conflict. Its roots go back thousands of years. It is a struggle that has resisted solution because an understanding of the land economic and ethical foundations has been lacking. These foundations will now be our focus in order to understand the remedies that are required for a lasting peace.