Re: Do we own the land or does the land own us?
To think that any of us individually has an absolute right to own a piece of the earth is preposterous. Taken to its logical extension, it means that some have the right to deny others the right to live. Every person has to live somewhere. Yet if land can be owned privately, then that means a small group of people can own all the world's land, and have the right to deny access to that land to others, in effect allowing them to deny others the right to live. The land is something to which we all have equal right. Those who take land from the commons should compensate society for its loss, and that land ownership should be understood as a conditional right, not an absolute one.
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China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.
- China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
- In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
- The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Arranged marriages and Western romantic practices have more in common than we might think.
In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of 'risk-free love', which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers 'love, without falling in love'.
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