thinking about how property forces people apart. a property owner is no longer just a person, but an institution that needs to assure its own continuation
private property can only exist thru the expropriation of others. it's something removed and walled off from the cosmos at large, and guaranteed thru the implicit or explicit threat of violence against any who would try to trespass it from outside
this forces a property-owner into a fundamentally aggressive stance against the other. the unpropertied other, the class enemy, is something that must, on one hand, be leveraged for labour thru private property, and, on the other, a threat whose inevitable attempt to depropriate the private property must be guarded against. the propertied other, the infra-class enemy, is simultaneously an ally against the class enemy and a rival who will inevitably try to enlarge their property at one's expense
i think of here about old norse cosmology. the fundamental axis here is between the ordered cosmos of asgard and midgard ('gard' meaning 'enclosure') versus the unordered outside of the utangard (outside the enclosure). asgard, the walled home of the gods, maps to the fenced norse homestead; the gods slaughtering ymir, creating the cosmos from his body, and thereafter being forced to war with his offspring the giants, is the mythological model for the creation and maintenance of private property
the old norse name for the giants, jǫtunn, comes from the proto-germanic *etunaz, 'eater, glutton'. it refers in part to their cannibalism, but here it's perhaps more usefully glossed as a description of what exactly the enclosure is being defended against: the hunger, the want, of the de-propertied other
@esvrld "Wherever there is great property there is great inequality. For one very rich man there must be at least five hundred poor, and the affluence of the few supposes the indigence of the many."
"As soon as the land of any country has all become private property, the landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed, and demand a rent even for its natural produce."
Both were said by Adam Smith. Conservatives really love to cherry pick that guy.
@esvrld Aside from believing a significant fraction of the land should be commons, Smith also believed property should revert back to being commons after some period:
"A power to dispose of estates for ever is manifestly absurd. The earth and the fulness of it belongs to every generation, and the preceding one can have no right to bind it up from posterity. Such extension of property is quite unnatural."
@esvrld Oh my god is this what attack on titan is supposed to be about
@esvrld this is an extremely esvrld thread
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