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  •  Unfortunately, "equality" does not (2+ / 0-)
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    Eric Blair, TAH from SLC

    equate with high quality. We can all be equally economically deprived via the simple mechanism of allocating all our natural resources to a handful of lords and/or corporations who then have to be petitioned for access to our daily bread.

    Private property without concomittant obligations to share the fruits thereof is a recipe for near universal deprivation.

    Which is not to say individuals should be denied exclusive use. They shouldn't. But that exclusive use has to be for the benefit of the whole community. And, if sharing directly is inconvenient, then the profits derived from selling the resources in the market need to be fairly taxed.

    It was argued in "The Tragedy of the Commons" that the ownership of property privately would assure that the property would be well managed and cared for. That argument has been proven false.  If ownership guaranteed virtue we wouldn't have hazardous wasteland abandoned all over the place. The commons isn't destroyed by mutiple users; it's destroyed by people who don't know how to share and how to take turns.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 10:33:30 AM PST

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