Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Who owns the waves

In light of the debate over the foreshore and seabed here in NZ the Crooked Timber's discussion on surfing and property rights makes interesting reading:

The Road from Surfdom

What makes all this cooperation possible are a set of innate faculties to do with obligation, fairness, contract, punishment, entitlement etc.

Property rights are a mechanism by which we attempt to control the interaction between ourselves, others and the environment. We are born to develop a concept of "this is mine". Just look at any group of toddlers.

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