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Ultimately the problem was ownership of the land was concentrated in too few hands relative to the number of people whose existence depended on access to that land.  

what do you mean, "the problem was" ?


it still is The Problem, the irreducible problem.  the commons privatised into the hands of an elite who often find it more "profitable" to create scarcity by various means -- diverting subsistence productivity to cash cropping for wealthy foreigners, allowing prime farmland to lie uncultivated (while we spend megajoules cultivating marginal and inaccessible land, clearing rainforest to get more land), etc.

seems to me from my very limited understanding of the events in Spain that they were somewhat parallel to those documented more recently in "The Take" -- workers occupying and restarting factories that had been closed down by the owners.

hmmm random musings... whether by overproduction, market glut and the resulting need to foster a kind of hot-house consumerism, or by the shutting down and idling of essential resources, it seems like capitalism produces perverse incentives that decouple productivity from any sane relationship to human need...  lurching from one inappropriate extreme to another (kind of like a hyped-up climate with too much heat injected into it)...   when people produce for themselves, productivity is intimately tied to need:  you don't make 20 pairs of shoes if you only need one, and you don't make glittery high heels if you need barn shoes.    and you certainly don't grow ethanol crops for the car if your kids need real food.

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...

by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Fri Jul 6th, 2007 at 02:39:57 PM EST
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