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  •  The Ownership Society (none)
    That term has always struck me as a really stunning euphemism for slavery.

    But, flipness aside, it is another example of framing, in this case framing to discredit and destroy the idea of the "commons," that which is held in common by all for the public good.  If "legitimate" ownership can be limited to "mine" and there's no such thing as "ours," then how can we complain when "our" forests are razed and "our" rivers are polluted and "our" Social Security is funneled into Wall Street pockets?  If people can be convinced that they only have a stake in "what's mine" then the pirates can make off with "what's ours" - no problem.

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