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Ownership and the means of production

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honestrosewater
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Apr19-08, 06:28 PM
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By prohibiting slavery, humans have accepted the concept that some things should not be owned. Has this limitation on ownership ever been applied to the means of production in a society? I mean complete prohibition of ownership, not shared ownership or ownership by some governing body, but the means of production being totally unownable. Why wouldn't it work?

I was just thinking of starting a little garden for anyone to use, where people can keep whatever they grow, but I don't want anyone to own anything in it (the tools, the original plants, etc.).
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Apr19-08, 08:16 PM
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Perhaps since the idea doesn't exist in real life, you could explain how it would work instead of asking for it to be explained why it wouldn't? The very idea just doesn't make logical sense to me. It sounds almost like gibberish to me. One obvoius question: In this garden, where do the tools and plants come from?
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Apr19-08, 08:45 PM
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What you are proposing *is* slavery. The prohibition of slavery is essentially the idea that a man has a right to the products of his own labor. If the means of production cannot be owned, then a man has no right to the products of his own labor. That is slavery, you have only replaced "the master" with "the masses".

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Apr22-08, 05:00 AM
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Ownership and the means of production

A communal garden created with individual negotiation as apposed to government direction and funded with donations created by savings in grocery expenses.

Go for it, I'd like to here how this garden grows.
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Apr22-08, 01:01 PM
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As Jase indicted it sounds to me like one is talking about a community garden. Usually one would own the land and then invite folks to put in some effort to cultivate the land, plant, tend, then harvest produce/crops. There are several such groups in my area. We give away extra produce we grow and some friends will give us something they've grown.
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Apr23-08, 05:23 AM
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I don't like what you guys are growing, so I'm going to dig it all up and plant pot. Who'se going to stop me?
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Apr23-08, 05:52 AM
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Every garden has pests mate, they're dealt with as they arise.

In any case, your pot would not be unappreciated in any communal garden I've come across.

Besides, your best off hiding it amongst the tomatoes, not in place of.
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Apr23-08, 09:42 PM
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Every garden has pests mate, they're dealt with as they arise.

In any case, your pot would not be unappreciated in any communal garden I've come across.

Besides, your best off hiding it amongst the tomatoes, not in place of.
Who are you to determine who's a pest and who's not? Sounds like you are suggesting you own the garden.
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Apr23-08, 09:44 PM
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I don't like what you guys are growing, so I'm going to dig it all up and plant pot. Who'se going to stop me?
Nobody. And, since the pot is not owned by anybody, I'm moving in an taking it all after you put in the trouble to grow it. Thanks, appreciate it.
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Apr24-08, 05:57 AM
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Who are you to determine who's a pest and who's not? Sounds like you are suggesting you own the garden.
You aren't suggesting it is difficult to identify a pest in a garden. Are you?
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Apr24-08, 06:08 AM
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Nobody. And, since the pot is not owned by anybody, I'm moving in an taking it all after you put in the trouble to grow it. Thanks, appreciate it.
I will stop you. Not because I own it but because you do not. You assume you will be able to own it. And have fooled yourself into believing you can take it.
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Apr24-08, 07:01 AM
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So getting rid of ownership quickly leads to war with the winner taking ownership.
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Apr24-08, 12:25 PM
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So getting rid of ownership quickly leads to war with the winner taking ownership.
Exactly.
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So getting rid of ownership quickly leads to war with the winner taking ownership.
An ideal was defended at no point was ownership claimed.
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Apr24-08, 09:21 PM
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An ideal was defended at no point was ownership claimed.
Fighting over what can and can't be done in the garden is a claim to ownership.
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Apr25-08, 02:25 AM
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It was obvious where the gardens detractors were heading.

So the USA has claimed Iraq or the oil?
russ_watters
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Apr25-08, 05:26 AM
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It was obvious where the gardens detractors were heading.
I'm not sure what you mean. It sounds like you are saying that since the motives are obvious, it doesn't have anything to do with ownership. As I said, it isn't so much the deciding but the fighting that is the claim to ownership.
So the USA has claimed Iraq or the oil?
We most certainly had ownership of Iraq and the oil. We are currently in the process of giving it back to the Iraqi people.

As others said, if I have the bigger gun, you can do nothing to stymie my claim to ownership of the garden.
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Apr25-08, 10:05 AM
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It was obvious where the gardens detractors were heading.

So the USA has claimed Iraq or the oil?
Hey! Ive found a pest!


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