Issue 512 of New Internationalist
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Public ownership rises again
Imagine if the air that we breathe were privatized.
Companies would allocate it for payment and profit, and, one would hope, throw in a bit of quality control.
A completely crazy idea, of course, but it puts into perspective just how much of what we consider public goods or the commons has already been carved up. In many parts of the world, even water – the next of life’s essentials – is already in private hands. No-one grows or makes it, yet corporations are allowed to control it.
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