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Exploiting, privatizing our collective resources is stealing from the future

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The judge sends to jail the man or woman Who steals the goose from off the common, But lets the greater villain loose Who steals the common from the goose. — Old English proverb ----------- When Sharon Springs undertook to restore Chalybeate Park in the center of the village, the notices made a point of saying that “no tax money would be used” to restore this public space. That seemed to be both a selling ...

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May 11, 2014
7:19 a.m.

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Interesting. I wonder how people would react if I tried to graze a cow or sheep in Collins Park (in Scotia). It is common land, after all. And heaven forbid the village folk run free-range geese there, given the love for the wild geese that infest the park. Karen Cookson should google "tragedy of the commons". And, in contrast to the point of the article, the recent trend is for Government to increasingly restrict public access to common resources. Try cutting firewood, or picking apples or berries on Public Land in NY, and see what happens. When did all these common resources become the exclusive property of a State which is now separate and distinct from the People?