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New Socialism

New Socialism

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Published by Mark Tutone
New Socialism is very relevant to our time.
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Published by: Mark Tutone on Oct 20, 2008
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From the earliest written history of civilised society property—the ownership
of people, animals, land, and human artifacts—has been the skeleton of social
organisation. It has given to societies their shape and defined their degrees of
freedom. Almost all revolutions have been driven by the desire to change prop-
erty ownership in some way. The politics of Britain throughout the 20th century
have revolved around the issue of public versus private ownership of property.
The Labour governments in the mid-20th century were proponents of public
property. The Conservative governments since 1979 have followed a policy of
extending private property ownership at the expense of public property. These
latter changes were considered sufficiently radical to be dubbed the ‘Thatcher
Revolution’.

The changes in property relations that we are proposing are more substantial
than anything that recent governments have undertaken. They are as radical
as the property revolutions that occurred in the Soviet Union in the first third
of this century, or in China during the third quarter. Although what we are
proposing is radically different from what has prevailed in Britain before it is
also substantially different from the Soviet model.
Systems of property are familiar yet complex, and since people tend to take
familiar things for granted it is worth examining property from first principles.

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