Our world is not our property

we — -humankind that is — -decided millenia ago that the world which temporarily tolerates our existence should become “property” and as such, divided up and bought and sold.

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A few thoughtful individuals stop and realise that this is an ultimate nonsense, but the vast majority are convinced that it is the only means by which we can exist now, and run their lives accordingly. So we parcel up swathes of land and sell it, or tear it apart to dig out what’s below the surface, believing the myth of infinity.

Far from giving us universal freedom, this has locked humankind into a commercial prison that incarcerates all of us with work and wages. The Bushmen of the Kalahari or some as yet uncontacted tribe in Amazonia might be an exception to this, but no one else is. (they are the true ecosocialists and conservators of the planet).

We should examine what those changes would mean, long term:

The (real) ecosocialists I have mentioned above take only what they need from the earth, and ultimately return to the earth what they take. (including themselves)
Are we prepared for that?

They practice true earth stewardship, while the rest of us remain convinced that prosperity is something that can be voted for, and despite our oil supplies fading to nothing, we can continue with BAU with no more than a few minor inconveniences.

We might agree that another world should be possible beyond the comforts we take for granted, provided I’m not called upon to surrender MY comforts. Which includes my heating system that protects me against a northern winter, and a car that means I dont have to walk or run to catch my food.

Those two seemingly simple “commodities” are a critical part of the work and wages system in which we find ourselves.
Dream of removing them if you wish, but be under no illusions as to the consequences of our situation when they are gone.

I do not dream of BAU forever, but neither do I harbour delusions about some benign form of government that will reorganise our lives for the common good, (check history for that one).


Fighting over what’s available is inevitable. Wars we see now are wars over resources, not ideologies. These wars will intensify as stuff we need for survival gets shared our in lessening amounts, divided up between the 80 million new mouths arriving each year, demanding food, water and shelter.

These conflicts will rebalance our existence, and reduce our numbers to a level the world can support, rather than the numbers that we say it must.


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