How much land one person needs?

I recently read an interesting and very informative article by Harry Parfitt, shared at Manchester Communists website.

Anyone with a sensible mind will find it atrocious that less than 1% of the population own 70% of the land of this country.  At a time when young families cannot afford their first homes, forty million acres of land is owned by families of 189,000.

The article raises few questions.  Who owns this planet? Who owns its land, water and other resources?  How much land does one person need?

Vast acres of unused land, kept only for profit and show-off, and handed over from generation to generation of same family, should certainly be not tolerated; that too when the world resources are shrinking at rapid rate.

The article reminded me of the revolutionary Land Reforms Bill by world’s first ever democratically elected Communist Government of Kerala, India.  More details on the same are available on article written by Com. S Ramachandran Pillai.

It is high time that the land re-distribution is done based on need, and not on one’s ancestral history.


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