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Memoria Viva // Paris 2003 Reports // Against the logic of profit //

Property for Life, Not for Profit: The condition for solidarity and sustainable ways of production and consumption [en] | fr
11 December 2003

 

The question of ownership and property in relation to money mechanisms has to be put back in the centre of critique and search for alternatives. It lies at the foundation of the well-known issues of the neo-liberal order: privatisation (e.g. in relation to TRIPS), liberalisation (e.g. of capital flows) and deregulation of the capitalist market and its devastating consequences of exclusion, poverty, destruction of nature etc. The resulting problems cannot be solved in the old framework of the false alternative of only private property or only state owned means of production in a centralised economy.

Why is the property issue at the heart of the neo-liberal policies? Concepts and experiences of the past and the reality today.

There are two basic criteria for an alternative vision of property: Life and the common good. Therefore, a new property order has to be developed in the perspective of the life of local communities in their natural and cultural context. There are a lot of concrete legal possibilities to implement this vision.

A double strategy is necessary to implement a new property order from below in the interest of present and future generations: 1. Local-regional alternatives and 2. alliance building for political resistance and legal reforms. Besides social movements also institutions in civil society like churches and unions can be better mobilised to participate in both local alternatives and the alliance building.

Alternative proposals

A new order of property and ownership and concrete proposals regarding land, water and other environmental goods, industrial enterprise, basic services, knowledge and culture, money and finance as well as the institutional set-up for implementation.

Implementation

Through a double strategy:

- 1. local-regional alternatives re money, banking, energy, local production and marketing for basic needs in cooperatives and other forms of social economy.

- 2. Mobilising also institutions in civil society like churches and other faith communities as well as unions to build alliances with social movements for the political struggle.






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