New Zealand Anarcho-communists – who claim that all property ownership is theft – won a surprising ally today, with former ACT leader Rodney Hide writing in the New Zealand Herald:
Who would have believed it? Singing a song can make a river yours. Plus give you a chunk of a power company and a say over how that company’s run.
Well, that’s what the Waitangi Tribunal says . . . Grown-ups have written this report. And you work each week to pay them to do it. It’s extraordinary stuff.
It is a pretty crazy idea – the concept that simply singing a song, or, now you mention it, marking some symbols on a piece of paper, or changing bits in a database – signify ownership of a piece of the planet! But anarcho-communists shouldn’t get too excited. Hide is still a staunch defender of most private property rights. He just thinks we should set a statue of limitations on property litigation laws to ‘ensure certainty’, and, coincidentally, preclude Maori from exercising their historic property rights. Everyone else’s property rights are really important.