Academic Says Saving the Planet May Require the End of Property Rights

Only the abolition of property rights can save us now from the horrors of ‘climate change’, argues an Australian academic.

Dr. Louise Crabtree, a researcher at the University of Western Sydney, makes her claim in a piece for the leftist academics’ favorite online watering hole, the Conversation, titled“Can Property Survive the Great Climate Transition?”

Her question is, of course, purely rhetorical. No, apparently, it can’t:

If our cities are to become more resilient and sustainable, our systems of property need to come along for the ride.

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We might also need to start thinking about our claims not being static but dependent on the web of relationships we are entwined in, including with non-humans. Some say that First Peoples might have a grasp of property dynamics that is more suited to the times we are entering.

So, making cities green might be the easy part. It remains to be seen whether property law and property systems are up to the task of transition.

This might sound like obscure, pseudo-academic, sub-Marxist gobbledegook. As indeed it is.

It would be nice to console ourselves that this dangerous thesis was written by a left-wing research student of no account.

Unfortunately, as Eric Worrall points out at Watts Up With That? there are people who take this woman’s lunatic redistributionary jottings seriously.

Her bio may raise the question—are we actually paying for this?:

Louise was awarded her Ph.D. in Human Geography from Macquarie University in 2007 and has been with Western Sydney University since 2007. Her research focuses on the social, ecological and economic sustainability of community-driven housing developments in Australia; on the uptake of housing innovation in practice and policy; on complex adaptive systems theory in urban contexts; and, on the interfaces between sustainability, property rights, institutional design, and democracy. Her recent and ongoing projects focus on two practical areas funded by a series of competitive research grants—community land trusts and participatory mapping methodologies. Both are being used to simultaneously foster social innovation and equity outcomes on the ground, and explore and build theory on multi-stakeholder governance, decolonisation, property law, resilience, and citizenship.

But the scary part is the last bit:

Louise’s work on resilience and governance in community housing was the basis for her receipt of the inaugural Housing Minister’s Award for Early Career Researchers in 2009; in announcing the award, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek described the work as ‘crucial’.

Yes, an actual minister in the Australian government once called this drivel “crucial.”

To most of us here, property rights are not negotiable, they’re one of the pillars of Western liberal democracy.

But to many members of the green movement including this “sustainability” expert Louise Crabtree, they are negotiable. Indeed, that’s what UN’s Agenda 21 is about—wealth redistribution and the erosion of property rights in the name of saving the planet.

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    G

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    Once again the political leftist climate agenda exactly matches the “scientific” template. What a coincidence!

    Who knew that “science” favors the following:

    Usurpation of property rights
    Abolishing democratic sovereign states
    Restricted speech and thought
    Redistribution of wealth
    Suspension of the US Constitution
    Establishment of centralized authoritarian government
    Etc, etc, etc…

    Interesting how all the “solutions” to changing climate align PERFECTLY with the goals of world socialism. Let’s face it. This is the perfect storm for anti-science:

    Billions upon billions of public tax dollars earmarked by politicians for scientists who tacitly agree to provide predetermined results to keep the dollars coming.
    Thousands of “scientists” who’s income is now totally dependent upon the political template of MMGCC.

    A generation of scientists who have little exposure to the world outside academia where 95% of people are NOT leftist campus sympathizers and organizers.

    A scientific work environment of self-talk and social isolation where many cannot imagine a contrary climate opinion.

    And finally, a corrupted “scientific” system that shuns question, doubt, and debate – threatening and blacklisting anyone who would dare step out of the prescribed limits of thought.

    Science is under attack by the same people who claim to represent it. Sad.

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      Sonnyhill

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      Look on the bright side…. the incestuous nature of the Warmists will lead to that community’s collapse. “I’ll peer approve yours if you peer approve mine” . That’s not evolution, it’s inbreeding.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    The late Peter Berley who once ran the National Audubon Society before moving over to the Sierra Club was also a socialists who rejected Private Property and some eco-wackos who subcribe to this GAIA poppycock bekeive the earth downs us not w own the earth. This person is another watermellon(Green on outside Red inside)and we dont need their mindless philosephies made into a treaty

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      Steve

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      Agenda 21 is the reason the US Constitution framers created the 2nd Ammendment. They knew one day it would be needed. Mind you, anyone dumb enough to try and take over the US will be met with 20 million gun barrels pointing at them….it would be beyond stupid…

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    Sonnyhill

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    Here in the People’s Republic of Ontario, property values have been deflated by bully Liberal Kathleen Wynne. Local municipal councils were “relieved” of their duties regarding development of solar and wind power construction. Toronto (Queens Park) and Green profiteers had their way with us hicks. Land owners would grab that big bag of money and move away, leaving their neighbors devastated and uncompensated. Everyone who uses electricity (everyone) pays for this farce.

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      Steve

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      Just keep asking for the scientific proof of global warming. They cant provide it, so it will make them angry, but expose them….

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Dr Crabtree only proves that enviromentalisms a growing insanity cuased by watching too many episodes of Captian Planet and the Planeteers and watching their AVATAR DVD every day until their brains melt

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    Sonnyhill

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    Siemens just announced the closure of their wind turbine blade factory in Tillsonburg , Ontario. 340 Green jobs disappeared. Probably more suppliers (3?) in limbo. Samsung’s gravy boat is near empty.

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      rakooi

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      The first point is the very basic fact that new wind power and/or solar power plants are typically cheaper than new coal, natural gas, or nuclear power plants — even without any governmental support for solar or wind.

      Not only are they typically cheaper — they’re much cheaper in many cases.
      ….
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      ….
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      https://cleantechnica.com/2016/12/25/cost-of-solar-power-vs-cost-of-wind-power-coal-nuclear-natural-gas/

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        Steve

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        Racoon, actually when you add in all the extra costs, solar and wind are much more expensive than coal.

        Keep believing the green delusion, and let the grown ups run the world…..

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    Mjw

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    Dr. Louise Crabtree, a researcher at the University of Western Sydney.

    Western Sydney, couldn’t even make it into the true centre of climate ratbaggery at Sydney Uni.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    From what kind of nut tree did Dr Crabtree fall from anyway this persons unstable and ready for a streight jacket and a padded cell just like Rakooi

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