[permaculture] It's free on the web/ was question about PCDcourseprices

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lfl at intrex.net
Tue Sep 14 18:42:42 EDT 2004

Toby Hemenway wrote:
 > Ownership entails
> responsibility; common property is abused. 

..... in an irresponsible society. In 3rd world places where people have for centuries lived on "common land" with little or no
clearly-defined ownership rights, this is a system that has worked well and has satisfied their need to know that they have "rights" to the 
land they live and work on, something not in question and that they have to worry about. This applies to countries such as
Phillipines, Guatemala, Mexico and many more. Of course, in the recent past, unscrupulous types have on occasion sought to abrogate those 
rights. Various locations, possibly in Mexico, including Chiapas and Guerrero and definitely in Guatemala and Phillipines (see the "Golf 
Wars" documentary) are examples of common land agreements being violated by outsiders for their own profit.

Read Garret Hardin's "The Tragedy
> of the Commons" for countless more examples.

lfl at intrex.net

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