Consumerism was created by bankers. The banks funded the first department stores. The plan was for the West to be the consumer of the world. Collaborative Consumption is the replacement.

Collaborative Consumption Edit

Should art which is owned by a private collector be available to the public? According to an influential movement it should. In fact shouldn't something of national heritage like art all be owned by the public and private ownership just not allowed. What might the implications of this be.

Rachel Botsman, a "social innovator" who has presented her ideas at Downing Street and before Microsoft and Google executives, retells the event in her book, What's Mine Is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way We Live.

Her book is a cry for us to consume "smarter" by moving away from the outdated concept of outright ownership – and the lust to own – towards one where we share, barter, rent and swap assets that include not just consumables, but also our "time and space".

What if private ownership was outlawed altogether. All assets and resources of planet earth were held by the world federation and all the people were just slaves on their plantation, allowed to borrow the resources according to their allocated quota.

Welcome to Collaborative Consumption.

Notes Edit

Catharine Abell. "The Public Cost of Private Ownership of Artworks." Philosophy in the Contemporary World 12, no. 2(2005) : 76-81. eScholarID:119224

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