Leo Foley - a society we can believe in.
I want to live in a just society - a society where we, the people, are recognised as the rightful owners of natural resources; where we all feel a shared ownership of the earth. Such a simple proposition has profound implications. As co-owners, we would be entitled to a dividend from those natural resources.
That would provide a basic income for every person, allowing us the freedom to choose a fulfilling career, rather than be forced to accept wage-slave jobs to meet our debt-ridden commitments. True freedom implies the right to choose our work, our interests and where we live.
If we, as owners, had a say in the management of our natural resources, most likely we would not consent to the world as it is.
In a democratic society, where the people own the natural resources, in common, we would recognise commons property rights in our accounting. We would not allow loss of biodiversity, pollution of our streams and rivers, high rates of mineral depletion (including fossil fuels), loss of our starscape every night of the year to light pollution – or, at least, we would not allow these things beyond what is acceptable to the people.