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The Divine Right of Capital by Marjorie Kelly

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8Emerging Property Rights

THE PRINCIPLE OF EQUALITY

Under market principles, wealth does not legitimatelybelong only to stockholders. Corporate wealth belongs tothose who create it, and community wealth belongs to all.

If change begins in the mind, it consists not only of seeing differently but of conceiving of new rights—conceiving of ourselves as fully empowered. In this spirit, we might turn to a second principle of economic democracy: corporate wealth belongs to those who create it and community wealth belongs to all. As we thus enter the terrain of new economic rights, we might remember what Thomas Paine wrote upon entering the terrain of the common man’s new political rights:

Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are ...

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