Is Geoism without government possible? Fred Foldvary seems to think so. In his presentation at Libertopia he states that private communities can function like condominiums wherein people pay a fee or a rent for taking up space in the community. Of course such Geoist communities would not collect any type of tax on working, exchanging, building, etc. In fact, these communities would even rebate taxes that governments imposed upon them. The difference between this and paying land rent to a government, via a land value tax for instance, is that community members voluntarily join and leave through contractual procedures. This isn’t an assumed social contract, but a physical document that anyone who wants to join and take up space in the community would sign agreeing to that community’s covenants and by-laws.
An added benefit to living in these private communities is that residents have a greater ability to hold their board of directors accountable, unlike big government which is endowed with sovereign immunity. It can be argued that communities do a better job of responding to their local needs than large removed governments do.
In the video, Dr. Foldvary mentions “Private Places” in St. Louis. Private Places are “self-governing enclave[s] whose common areas (e.g. streets) are owned by the residents, and whose services are provided by the private sector.” Foldvary states that any community could gradually shift towards systems resembling the Private Places model. What reason might governments give to disagree with the creation of such communities if they fund themselves or otherwise pull their own weight? Over the long-term, private communities might be the way to gradually shift to a more decentralized governmental model.
Eventually, these private communities could form larger networks for common defense and make current forms of government hierarchy obsolete. Any community could finance themselves by charging residents land rent, regardless of the dominant political ideology of the community. If someone didn’t like living in a particular community anymore, they could easily leave and join another. Changing communities would be much easier than moving to different states or countries.