Space Environmentalism, Property Rights, and the Law

  • Walter E. BlockEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism book series (PASTCL)


A considerable body of academic literature exists on the subject of space law, despite the fact that very few human beings have ever been to outer space, and substantial presence beyond the earth’s orbit still seems to be in the rather distant future. Among those proposing detailed, centralized regulatory regimes for a realm that so far has little, if any, need for them are anti-market environmentalists who, not content to attend merely to the earth’s pollution problems, are concerned about the possible future pollution of the moon and other celestial bodies such as Mars. This article considers the ideas of these individuals—whom we will call socialist space environmentalists—and rejects them.


Space environmentalism Space law Ecocentric environmentalism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Loyola UniversityNew OrleansUSA

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