Ownership causes social inequality. To reduce social inequality, reduce or diffuse ownership: An analysis with particular application to the copyright system

Thesis


Atkinson, Benedict 2015. Ownership causes social inequality. To reduce social inequality, reduce or diffuse ownership: An analysis with particular application to the copyright system. Thesis https://doi.org/10.4226/66/5a9cb512b0b70
AuthorsAtkinson, Benedict
Qualification nameDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Abstract

Humans contest for control or ownership. Contest is to a considerable extent inescapable because conceptually a large part of most grammars involve possession and appropriation. Language creates antithesis (‘mine, yours’) that results in conflict. The result of conflict is possession and dispossession, which results in ownership, which is expressed in property and property systems. This dissertation focuses on the exclusionary effect of property systems. Property confers the power to exclude and the aggregate of legal exclusions, which constitutes a property system, objectively or instrumentally creates social exclusion and thus social inequality. Income and property tax facilitate redistribution, reducing social inequality. Another mode of reducing/diffusing the exclusionary effect of ownership is to enlarge the public domain, which I define as a commonwealth of non-control and non-ownership.

Keywordsauthor; authors; constitution; constitutional; contest; control; copyright; copyright industries; crown; dispossession; distribution; equality; exclusion; exclusionary rights; exclusive rights; feudal; feudalism; freehold; grammar; hierarchy; income; income concentration; income distribution; inclusion; inequality; language; leasehold; legislation; owner; ownership; paratrophic; poorer countries; possession; possessive grammar; poverty; property; proprietary rights; public domain; regulation; rent; richer countries; rights; rights of inclusion; social exclusion; social inequality; source of authority; sovereignty; title; treaties; unitive rights; wealth distribution; wealth concentration
Year2015
PublisherACU Research Bank
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4226/66/5a9cb512b0b70
Research GroupPeter Faber Business School
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Publication dates01 Jan 2015
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