This is the ur expression of owning. It is also the source of most rights relating to property and land and indeed of everything. Nations exist with the right of eminent domain. We exist with a sense that some things, few or many, belong to us.
We are OWNERS one and all.
Stories are fashioned with nary a moment to wonder:
Is this right?
Nations claim sovereignty. Few bat an eye.
But in an ideal world, the rights of ownership should be provisional, limited, not absolute.
In specific terms, I have proposed
as the basic social unit of the coming world.
A cybercommunity of up to 12,000 may have numerous paths to ownership, but in its own reality it will be possessed by its residents who live, work and recreate there.
Half of it will be public.
Only 25 percent of it will be made up of private spaces. These will not necessarily be owned by their occupants, but they will be radically individualized and in that sense as personal as any dwelling today is.
The world should sit light to ownership.
Nations should reduce their current obscene power to claim sovereignty wherever their power enables them to move.
This is an idolatrous incursion that is evil at its core.
Ownership as a concept will be abolished in an ideal world.
It will be replaced by such terms as trusteeship, pilgrim, temporary, shared. Things will move through various legal channels no doubt but the result should in every case be a reduction in power and control over things and its placement in trust for the use of all. The abolition of ownership as an absolute claim must and should be at the center of our thinking as we hypothesize the world of the future.