What is ownership? Ownership is defined as having control or possession of. Aristotle and Jean-Paul Sartre claim that ownership is beneficial to a person’s moral character, contrasting Plato’s view that ownership is reprehensible to a person’s moral fiber. This essay will prove and up hold Plato’s view on ownership and how it is detrimental to human’s moral standing. Ownership is a powerful idea, with a strong connotation. If someone owns something, then that person has complete control over what they own, that person has the final decision of fate for the item possessed. The idea of owing puts the owner on a proverbial pedestal raising them above what they own. For Millennia, this idea has been used to disadvantage others. In Europe, starting in medieval times and persisting well into today, land ownership was the dominating symbol of wealth and prestige. If someone owned land then he owned the town or people. Patronage was the way of life. Patrons were the landowners let people live on their land for a hefty price. Patrons dictated nearly every facet of life: your patron determined where you worked, for how long you worked, how much food that you are aloud to have, and in times of war, if you were sent off to battle. Societal patterns of thoughts tended to see land ownership as one of the most important thing that could ever be had. The idea and importance of landownership crossed the oceans with the settlers in the United States. There the Europeans were meet with an altogether contrasting belief in ownership from the Native Americans. The Native ideals that ownership was fluid and could not be extended to land, were meet by the Europeans with distaste and violence. The European form of ownership was trusted upon Native Americans with violence until they were forced to submit and to comply. Ownership and its subsequent actions were used to disadvantage and harm the Native Americans even into the 20th century. Patronage is not the only place we have seen the thought of ownership be used to disadvantage humans. The idea of owning a human has been seen and documented since history has been recorded. Slavery, in some form or fashion, has been seen in every culture that has bothered to come about. Every time since humans have come together as a collective since the dawn of human society, we have owned people and forced them into slavery. During this time, up until the last hundred years or so, even the great thinkers; Aristotle, John Locke, Immanuel Kant just to name a few, had one form or another to justify slavery. It has not been seen in just Western society, it has been recorded as far back as the tales of Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh been the first ever recorded epic dating well before the time of the Egyptian pharaohs of old. The argument can be made though, that since the paradigm has shifted away from slavery and it has been outlawed by the United Nations and every major First World Country that this is no longer an issue today. In 2006 the International Labor Organization estimated that 12 million people around the world were forced into servitude, while current predictions made by the U. S. Government that 600,000-800,000 people are forced into these situations every year. With this in mind, we turn back to the more traditional view of slavery. Professor of History at Franklin College in Boston and reporter for the Boston Globe, Stephen Mihn tells us how in areas in the U.S. where slavery thrived, inequality runs ramped. Mihn references Harvard economist Nathan Nunn who said “when we see broad areas of inequality… we are seeing lingering stains of slavery.” The report continues on to point out a Standard and Poor Report that condemns
Private ownership - When individuals, rather than government, own and operate their self owned businesses or property. They make the majority of, or all decisions for their business with little or no government regulation or interference.
Public service broadcasting - Includes radio, television and other electronic media outlets whose primary mission is public service. Public broadcasters receive funding from diverse sources including license fees, individual contributions…
Business Ownership Structures
BUS201|Introduction to Business in a Technology World
There are four main types of businesses in society today. In this paper, I will discuss these four, one at a time, and its’ advantages and disadvantages. There is much to know and learn about each different type of business. I will begin with the simplest and work my way to the most complex.
Let’s begin with Sole Proprietorship. This is when a business is owned…
Scott Hamilton - Signwriter
Scott Hamilton is a sole trader. After leaving art college in 1996,
he worked for a signwriting company and gradually built up his skills
and speed. In 1999 Scott felt he had developed his abilities and
understanding to the stage where he could start his own signwriting
business. So he did a business course at college and learnt about
the problems and pitfalls of setting up his own business.
His first task was to find out, by producing a business…
This paper will discuss how information ownership within banking context operates with a view of ensuring that sharing the flow of data is done with responsibility and cleanliness. The paper begins by looking at how information and communication technology is being used within the banking division and then moves on to examine how this information is processed, owned and protected through the bank’s computer systems. Generally, banks depend on data to provide services. Information…
initial calls by the Obama administration to limit the availability of military-style assault weapons. Gun ownership in the United States far surpasses other countries, and the recent mass shootings, in particular, have raised comparisons with policies abroad. Democracies that have experienced similar traumatic shooting incidents, for instance, have taken significant steps to regulate gun ownership and restrict assault weapons. They generally experience far fewer incidents of gun violence than the United…
incentives to entice potential homebuyers to take advantage of still favorable conditions.
Want and desire for home ownership is influenced by ones perception of benefit in ownership. From a young age many are taught that owning a home is significant in preparing for and creating ones long term financial stability. As we progress in our earnings ability we learn that home ownership becomes almost an essential component in our ability to maximize the usefulness of our earnings. In other words we are…
“Yes, people pull the trigger, but guns are the instrument of death.” A senior at Virginia
Tech killed 32 people and wounded 17 others. A shooting in Aurora, Colorado killed 12 people
and injured 58 others. A massacre at a school in Newton killed 20 children, 6 staff members, and
injured 5 others. These were just few homicides that took place in the past, and will continue to
occur if we don’t do something about it. Our society has become unsafe due to the violent
at household stock owning, the statistic for 2010 indicate that stock ownership among the wealthiest 10 percent of the population is high and ownership of stock declines significantly among the middle class and is 0 for the lower class.
The article supports the idea that the discourse on a democratized stock market is not reflected in reality. It is widely acknowledged that, along with home ownership, stock ownership is the primary basis of wealth. Some theorists have suggested that, through…
What should be done about Gun Laws? By: Rene Diaz
For some time now there has been a dispute on whether gun ownership should be changed to “No Gun Ownership” at all or to “Allow people to own Guns”. My own opinion on the matter is to go as far as to not allow gun ownership. My reasons are as is the fact that multiple school specific shootings have taken place in the last 20 years.…
How FOREIGN OWNERSHIP has affected the performance and revenues of teams in the English Premier League
In this project I will be exploring if foreign ownership has affected the performance and revenues of teams in the English Premier League (EPL) looking at statistical performances of x10 teams (Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United) from 2002 to 2012.