Posted 5 years ago on March 24, 2012, 12:04 p.m. EST by struggleforfreedom80
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(Today’s Society And How To Improve It - part VI)
Property rights can take various forms, ranging from private ownership of more or less everything, including on means of production others use, to different forms of collective ownership. Most societies, including the western ones, operate as we all know with a combination of some private ownership and some collective ownership.
What we’ve seen in the recent decades however, is that many countries have been moving more and more towards privatization and tax cuts for the wealthy, making private ownership more dominant. Such a society in which more and more of the resources and economic institutions are being handed over to private enterprise will, as mentioned earlier, become a very cynic and undemocratic society. This is intolerable. We need to change the system we have today, including today’s property rights.
There’s nothing controversial about that. Current property rights are not graven in stone; they’re not some unchangeable laws of nature. They can be changed just like they were, a certain time ago, changed into the ones we have today. Just like the wealthy business owners have been given the right to own more and more of the economic institutions, including the means of productions others are using, other forms of rights can instead be implemented like f.ex giving the workers the right to control their own workplace democratically.
And that is exactly what we should work for. What we need to do is to make the society more democratic. We must create a society in which people are in control of the things they’re a part of and which affect them. That would certainly include the economic institutions – the workplaces. We must deprive private enterprise and the financial elite from the right to own and control things in society that others are a part of, and instead build democracy from below with institutions and communities run democratically by the participants.
Today’s laws and rights - property rights included - are not unchangeable. They can, and should be replaced by better ones. They should be replaced by rights that give people control over their own lives, workplace and community, and make society better for all living and participating in it.