[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
>
>http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1894-c3/ch46.htm

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.

http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2007/06/21/british-farming-and-market-imperatives/ 





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