The Tragedy is “the Commons,” Part 7

As we have seen, the goal of the commons movement is the obliteration of private property. The movement holds that the creation of values is not an individual achievement, but the result of collective effort. The movement holds that what is created by the collective should be controlled by the collective. While this may seem like a fringe movement, we must remember that a former President of the United States, as well as a Senator, Elizabeth Warren, have expressed this view.

While the commons movement seeks political change, we cannot fight it on purely political grounds. The motivation and power of the commons movement is not political; it is moral, and that is where the battle must ultimately be fought. We must reject the entire idea of the commons both politically and morally.

Morally, we must reject the idea that individuals have a duty to self-sacrifically serve others. We must defend the moral right of each individual to live his life as he chooses in the pursuit of his own personal happiness.

Politically, we can demonstrate that every resource, including air and water, can be subject to property rights. We can show that the recognition and protection of property rights is not only moral, but it is practical as well. We must reject the idea of communal property, from the deepest aquifer to the most distant celestial body. When we do so, we will eliminate the tragedy that is the commons.

 

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