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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:11 pm    Post subject: privatising air Reply with quote

A brief but (as usual) thoughtful piece from Feasta.

In a sense, air is already privatised for many. People who live in areas with poor air quality (usually industrialised areas) are not paid enough to move to cleaner areas. Thus poor people yet again subsidise us.

So we're half-way there already.

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So there is no in principle difficulty.

The difficulties are practical.

For example there is rather too much clean air to make for the globalised opportunity which would be ideal. However this does not need to be a major barrier provided we sculpt the narrative properly. In the U.S. 92% of tap water is of the highest potable quality but this has not interfered with the growth of bottled water sales. Creative (occasionally mendacious) advertising plus mainstream media focussing on any convenient tap water scare stories have done the trick.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Many of lifes fundamentals such as land, water and energy have been or are being enclosed and privatised.


Someone arguing against the concept of private ownership of land starts from a credibility deficit.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Says an ex member of the house of commons.

There still is common land in thsi country, some of the Powerswitch posters are commoners with common land rights.

It worked well for several centuries in the middle ages, although the best land was reserved for their feudal overlords.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is indeed common space and I would not wish to see a situation in which there was no common space. However, I would also not wish to have no private land property rights at all.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS_RalphW wrote:
Says an ex member of the house of commons.

There still is common land in thsi country, some of the Powerswitch posters are commoners with common land rights.

It worked well for several centuries in the middle ages, although the best land was reserved for their feudal overlords.


We are now having to fight for our grazing rights with our local wildlife trust which manages the common on behalf of the owner, the local authority. The wildlife trust want to reduce the number of cattle grazing the common so that they can engineer new habitats that are valuable nationally in the name of conservation. That is not conservation as far as I'm concerned! It is habitat engineering.

Large areas of common land were stolen from the commoners when the land owners in parliament passed, for their own benefit, the Enclosure Laws so that they could take much of the best land into private ownership. The Prostitute State has been working well for hundreds of years.
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