…But that is only telling half the story. In addition to withholding land from production, the state gives favored capitalists preferential access to it. Huge tracts of land are leased to timber, petroleum, mining, and ranching interests, at politically determined rates. For example, most of the devastation of giant redwoods in the Pacific Northwest takes place in land owned by the government, and is only profitable because the lumber companies do not have to buy the land in a competitive market. Likewise, the debate over drilling in ANWAR is not about selling the land to oil companies. It’s about giving them preferential access, denied to ordinary citizens, and letting them pay a sweetheart price for the privilege.
|—||Kevin Carson, Studies in Mutualist Political Economy|