This is the theme of the just launched book by William Bissel. The book is Making India Work and if published by Full Circle.Bissel is the MD of Fab India and he's experimented with the ideas he is now espousing. And the idea is Community Ownership of natural resources. In his own company he has given shareholding rights to the artisans supplying goods.
In my view, what Bissel is advocating might hold the key to the survival of the human species in this beautiful planet earth.Since antiquity the most powerful people have gotten together and created rules, structures and armies to suppress their own peoples.Thus a small coterie has always lorded over the natural resources which rightfully belong to everybody.
There is ONE idea which is the root behind the suppression of the majority. And this idea is "US" and "THEM." When there is a group which is not "us", then we are completely justified in using all strategies to maintain our hegemony.In the modern context, religion and the mass media align with the govts and the big corporations to rob the populace to feed the tiny megalomaniacs with all the material wealth and the ensuing political power.
Either the vast majority(99.99%) of us change the rules of discourse or consign ourselves to permanent serfdom.I would say this is not even a choice. There's only ONE way ahead.And this is to use all the power at our command to understand that there is no "them". Everyone is "us". Therefore all of us are equally entitled to a share of the natural resorces given to us by Mother Earth.After all, all of us own our Mother equally, don't we?
Friends, it's not just India.The whole world is poorly managed. And it's about time we did something about it.