Land ownership / possession
The question of how land and space should be distributed may involve many complex details - both moral and technical - and more may be written on this issue at some stage. In the meantime, the bullet-points below indicate the stance put forward by the people who created and run this network, and should provide a basis for discussion of this really important issue.
- People should not have to 'pay' - either with their labour, with currency, or barter - for something that nature has provided - i.e. the land, and / or physical space. This is not to imply that 'housing' should be free (as houses and buildings require other people's time and labour to build) - but people should not be obstructed from using what nature has provided to build their own houses or shelters.
- Long-term possession of land may be valid, but indefinite 'ownership' by a specific person or small group - in perpetuity - is problematic.
- The 'homesteading' argument - that 'working' the land over a period of time entitles one to ownership and / or possession - can only ever be partially valid, and needs to be considered on a case-by-case basis.
It is possible that many of the future efforts of this network may be focused to addressing this issue.