[Marxism] Socialism and the Environment

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Dec 31 12:19:43 MST 2008

>"From the standpoint of a higher economic form of society, private ownership
>of the globe by single individuals will appear quite as absurd as private
>ownership of one man by another. Even a whole society, a nation, or even all
>simultaneously existing societies taken together, are not the owners of the
>globe. They are only its possessors, its usufructuaries, and, like *boni
>patres familias, *they must hand it down to succeeding generations in an
>improved condition."
>A nice quote from Marx, in my opinion.
>Capital Vol. III Part VI - Transformation of Surplus-Profit into Ground-Rent
>- Chapter 46. Building Site Rent. Rent in Mining. Price of Land

Ironically, the concept of usufructuary rights was at the heart of 
British farming in the very period when it was spawning 
capitalism  according to Robert Brenner . Basically, usufructuary 
rights and true capitalist farming are opposed to each other. I dealt 
with this in a blog article a couple of summers ago.


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