The western idea of private property is flawed. Indigenous peoples have it right

The western idea of private property is flawed. Indigenous peoples have it right 

Indigenous Peoples

Who has a scythe sharp enough to fell the stalks of capitalism today? It’s not Marx, Lenin and Mao

 One promising precedent on this path to a post-imperial future has emerged in Aotearoa/New Zealand, where the Whanganui Maori iwi just won a 140-year legal battle to recognize that their ancestral Whanganui river has legal rights equal to a human being.

 In the fight for climate justice, indigenous people set the path – and lead the way

The Whanganui settlement, which was signed by the Whanganui iwi in 2014 and enacted into law by New Zealand parliament last week, established two guardians to act on behalf of the river, one from the crown and one from the iwi. In addition to legal recognition of the personhood of the Whanganui river, the settlement provided financial redress to the iwi of NZ$80m, and an additional NZ$1m contribution to establish the legal framework for the river.

Less than a week after the legislation went into effect, India’s Uttarakhand high court cited the Whanganui decision when it ruled that the Ganges and Yamuna rivers have the legal status of a person. Read More

 

 

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