What’s Up With Microwave Pollution?
|October 17, 2012||Posted by Jeffery J. Smith under The Geonomist Blog|
Can a utility company’s radiation be seen as a form of trespass? It enters your home, even your body, whether you want it or not. If it were something you could see or hear or smell or touch, you probably would not put up with it.
The fact that it’s possible to let loose your own pollution or negative values on others is the exact inverse of another problem — you can capture and keep the payments for nature or positive values from others. People are beginning to see that they do have a right to live without being polluted by others. But much more slowly are people beginning to see that they also have a right to a fair share of the worth of Earth.
But as more people do realize that they have a right to an earth in a healthy condition, that makes it easier for them to see that they similarly have a right to place on Earth and ultimately to a share of her worth. Once people do gain both a portion of the planet and a portion of her value, then they’ll be much more inclined to demand environmental rights, too. So the two rights go together politically, too.
Understanding that we’re entitled to some “rent” would lead us to redefine property. We’d make clear what is yours, what is mine, and what is ours. What we make, we keep. What was here before anyone of us is for all of us to share.
The clearer understanding of property would also initiate a wholesale overhaul of economics (now based on speculation and rent-seeking as norms). It would allow economics to become an actual science, perhaps with a new name: “geonomics”. Tho’ the ideas are new to most people, the reform that goes with it — public recovery of socially-generated land values — is often in the news. “Land Tax Is The Key” appeared in New Zealand’s Stuff; to read more . So positive change could be over the horizon.