Economics/Class Relations

The growing necessity of ownership

By Bonnie Kristian, The Week

Lately, I’ve been thinking about ownership. I’ve been thinking about it because we moved last year and bought a new house, and with that ownership comes the right and responsibility to change and maintain our home, to keep out the water and keep in the heat and make it as I like it. But I’ve also been thinking about ownership because of what I do not own, including (per standard freelance journalism contracts) the copyright to thousands of articles I’ve published at dozens of outlets in my career.

I’m not the only one thinking about ownership, either. Writer Aaron M. Renn, who pens a newsletter for men called The Masculinist, has for several years now argued for the “importance of owned space.” His idea has a strange lineage, and many readers won’t find his cases in point very sympathetic. But I increasingly think the idea itself is right, and that it’s going to spread — taking different forms and being described in different vocabularies — into mainstream contexts. The shift toward broader ownership may be slow. But the necessity of ownership is becoming ever more obvious to ever more people of ever more ilks.

A politically and theologically conservative Christian, Renn came by his call to owned space from an odd source: a pseudonymous writer known as “Bronze Age Pervert (BAP),” who is — in Renn’s summary — writing “from an explicitly pagan and thus anti-Christian perspective” and producing work anyone reasonably normal will likely “hate” and “not finish.”


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