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Water Capitalism The Case for Privatizing Oceans, Rivers, Lakes, and Aquifers

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When something is unowned, people have less of an incentive to care for it, preserve it, and protect it, than when they own it.
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Water covers some 75% of the earth’s surface, while land covers 25%, approximately. Yet the former accounts for less than 1% of world GDP, the latter 99% plus. Part of the reason for this imbalance is that there are more people located on land than water. But a more important explanation is that while land is privately owned, water is unowned (with the exception of a few small lakes and ponds), or governmentally owned (rivers, large lakes). This gives rise to the tragedy of the commons: when something is unowned, people have less of an incentive to care for it, preserve it, and protect it, than when they own it. As a result we have oil spills, depletion of fish stocks, threatened extinction of some species (e.g. whales), shark attacks, polluted and dried-up rivers, misallocated water, unsafe boating, piracy, and other indices of economic disarray which, if they had occurred on the land, would have been more easily identified as the result of the tragedy of the commons and/or government ownership and mismanagement. The purpose of this book is to make the case for privatization of all bodies of water, without exception. In the tragic example of the Soviet Union, the 97% of the land owned by the state accounted for 75% of the crops. On the 3% of the land privately owned, 25% of the crops were grown. The obvious mandate requires that we privatize the land, and prosper. The present volume applies this lesson, in detail, to bodies of water.

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Chapter 1 Privatize the Oceans and All Other Bodies of Water Chapter 2 Why Privatize Anything? Chapter 3 Why Privatize Bodies of Water? Chapter 4 Aquatic Ownership Concepts Chapter 5 The Process of Privatization Homesteading, Abandonment Chapter 6 Existing Law Governing the Seas Chapter 7 Oceans—Concepts of Oceanological Ownership Chapter 8 Rivers—Concepts of Potamological Ownership Chapter 9 Lakes—Concepts of Limnological Ownership Chapter 10 Aquifers—Concepts of Hydrogeological Ownership Chapter 11 Mainstream Views on Ocean Management Chapter 12 Piracy Chapter 13 Case Studies Chapter 14 Debate—Technological Viewpoints that Inform Homesteading, Technological Units
ISBN 9781498518826
eISBN 9781498518819
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
Publication Date 10/01/2016
Original Publication Date 10/01/2015
Binding PB
Page Length 338
Dimensions 6x9

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