Can someone help me out here? I cannot comprehend how any principled capitalist or libertarian can oppose the sorts of eco-taxes proposed by the Greens. It's simple "user pays". In our current system, polluters get to pass the costs of their actions on to others, rather than taking responsibility themselves. This goes against everything that libertarians profess to believe in. Whatever happened to respect for others' property? They wouldn't like it if I dumped my garbage in their backyard, or spat in their face. So how can they condone others polluting our waterways and the air we breathe? The ideal free market has no such externalities. A real capitalist would want to bring our society closer to this ideal, by making sure that polluters pay the costs for their actions, rather than irresponsibly passing those costs along to others (including future generations).
So, I ask, where are all the genuine capitalists? All I see are a bunch of corporate feudalists, out to exploit others for all they're worth, reaping the benefits for themselves and letting others pay the costs. For shame!