which a man needs for daily use. A wise government would not wish to do such short-sighted things as that. It would not cut off its own hands.
Property should mean that which is proper or appropriate to a person or persons. There should always be a fitness between the thing owned and the owner.
A highway, a road, a railway or a waterway, is used by the whole public, and they should be its owners. A farm can only be well cultivated by a group of people or a society, and it should be owned by them. Homes, temples, workshops, factories, storehouses, machinery, telephones or telegraphs, lands and highways of all kinds, are all used by a common public, and should therefore be owned collectively.
The city, the county, the state, or the nation, each owns property. For example, here is a street, Broadway or Drurv Lane, that is wholly within the city, it does not extend beyond it. Very well, the city then should own it, and the city engineer would supervise and keep it in repair. It would be absurd for the nation to own it, or to say that it owned the street. The national engineer could not possibly supervise all the streets in a hundred or a thousand cities. But he could supervise the comparatively few long railways or highways which extended through the length and breadth of a nation. Even this would require that he should have under him many groups of assistants, each of these having its allotted sections.
The collective ownership of all public utilities seems so natural, so just, so in harmony with all humane wisdom, that one may well wonder why it has been postponed so long. But selfishness blinds