There is a strong natural justice argument for expanding rural land reform so that urban communities also gain the right to buy areas of land that are significant to the livelihood and well-being of local communities. The push for rural land reform came hand in hand with the push for particular rural communities to reclaim ownership and their futures (e.g. Assynt and Eigg). A push for urban land reform could go hand in hand with a community identifying and campaigning for a better future.
Rural land Reform succeeded because it tapped into a powerful popular sense that people should be able to control their own destinies rather than suffer at the whim of absentee landowners or those who simply seek profit at the expense of localities well-being. Rural land reform succeeded because such communities were and are committed to ensuring the social and ecological sustainability of their locality. Are we? And if we are, how should we go about this?
– Why is it so popular?
– a 2005 talk on the potential of Land Reform for Portobello