Capitalist framing

A second piece of the capitalist frame is the assumption, a corollary to the first, that nature can be privately owned. Not just the surface of the land but also the minerals and oil beneath it, the plants that grow out of it, the animals that live on it, and the water that flows through it. Absent the assumption that elements of nature can be owned—combined with the assumption that ownership confers a right to control and profit from the use of these resources—capitalism would hold no legitimacy. For capitalism to be accepted as a sensible way to organize an economy, these assumptions must be embedded in the frame and thus kept off the examining table. Counterframes, about which more later, must be seen as wildly wrongheaded.

Source: The Capitalist Frame – CounterPunch.org

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