Will Multinational Corporations Eventually Own Everyone’s Land?

Imperialist OctopusGood question. Julian Whitcrosse writes at io9.com:

Hundreds of years ago, European colonists took possession of much of the surface of our planet through unsubtle means: murder, subjugation, and their special move, bringing horrific new diseases. Nowadays, the wealthy and powerful expand their domains less confrontationally, but the effects can still be pretty harmful. Interests in rich countries — mainly multinational corporations (MNCs) make deals with local governments to attain land for their own big-money projects, sometimes evicting locals from their traditional homes and farmland, and contributing to food insecurity. Over the past 10 years, almost 800,000 square miles of land has been bought or leased (eight times the size of Britain), mostly in Asia and Africa….

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16 Comments on "Will Multinational Corporations Eventually Own Everyone’s Land?"

  1. In an ideal future multinational corporations wont exist. We will have moved far beyond any market systems, petty concepts of private ownership and have common understanding that mismanagement of our finite resources are indeed over exploited .. creating “dead  zones” the world over.

    • Too bad we’ll all just be dead because the air is toxic and the water is acid.

  2. nation=corporation

    • Jin The Ninja | May 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm |

       within a fascist, dystopic, market driven, imperialist paradigm, yes.

      • I believe GATT type globalization means the end of the nation state.  We’re in the early stages of a new world order, and nobody really knows what’s coming.  The Owners are hoping for a kind of corporate feudalism, but every yin has a yang.

        • Jin The Ninja | May 15, 2012 at 9:38 pm |

          i am no fan of the nation-state, but i am neither a fan of a corporate controlled gibsonian future. can’t we not and say we did? lol.

          • I suspect the choice is going to be made by China and India on the one hand, and the Arabic states on the other.  And neither capitalism nor socialism are going to even be relevant.

          • oh how hilarious it would be if all these complex feuds in the west became so inconsequential.

          • Jin The Ninja | May 16, 2012 at 8:41 am |

            well if china and india have anything to do with it, capitalism of the most aggressive variety will be all that is relevant.

  3. Liam_McGonagle | May 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm |

    They don’t have to have full technical title to every last inch:


    “I drink your milkshake!!!”

  4. TapMeYouFascists | May 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm |

    Same as it ever was. The ownership class takes what it wants. It leaves the peasants to pay tribute on the marginal land it doesn’t care to manage directly. Anyone who doesn’t play ball is imminently replaceable. This dynamic will continue to be true until the population crashes. Even then, you better have useful skills with which can serve the Owners and their armed thugs; or else be prepared to eat buds, roots and grubs in the swamps while resisting.  

  5. I’m actually worried about Foundations buying up land here in the States.

    The little county I consider “back home” in Appalachia is slowly being bought up piecemeal and designated as a “nature preserve”.

    While I’m not opposed to keeping some places “wild” or even restoring previously cleared lands to a more natural state, I do have to admit a certain degree of concern when I see long settled small family farms being bought out, closed down, and tore out.

    Tax-free foundations can hold on to that land forever in a way that families can’t. There is no buying that land back so every plot they buy is a little bit of the community lost forever.

  6. It’s not necessary to own all the land.  In a way they want to own you.  Controlling the resources you need and the governments you follow.  By overcharging products, energy and banking (loans of all types) and by ultimately making your government extremely expensive to operate (high taxes, debts).  These are the methods of the corporations and the elites who own them will make you their slaves.

  7. Robert Pinkerton | May 16, 2012 at 6:10 am |

    The citizen of a country which is dominated by a multi-national corporation, is in a situation analogous to that of a straight boy in a boarding school where the biggest bully in the student body is the pederastic headmaster’s favorite catamite.

  8. Hunterone S | May 16, 2012 at 8:56 am |

    This corporate expansion will finally cause global war. If governments will not cut private influence in creating Law it will lead to limiting freedom above acceptable level and thereafter to revolution, and there will be no place on earth to hide for those responsible bastards. Unfortunately democratic systems will fall as a result and dictatorial system will raise.   

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