Alright so... Before I start, I want to say that I was motivated to post this by Waldron's paper, Superceeding Historical injustice.
Here is a link, and I highly recommend reading it, for fun of course!! ^__^
Alright so, the point of this post will be determine property rights. How do we claim that something is ours and that we have a right to it and no one is allowed to take it? In waldron's paper he mainly deals with aboriginal claims to property rights, but in doing so he also formulates a way to determine property rights which goes something like this.
"An individual who takes possession of a [previously unowned] object or a piece of land and who works it, alters it, and uses it, makes it in effect a part of her life, a pivotal point in her thinking, planning, and action(271)."
So.. in order to claim you own something, you pretty much have to actively use it. Which means... all the junk you don't use on a regular or reasonable basis... doesn't really belong to you, since you don't use it.
Do you guys agree with this theory of property rights? I personally feel it's quite good and should help our consumer society reframe from wasting resources and from people owning things that they don't really benefit from or take advantage of. For example, owning many many different pairs of shoes or clothing. Or owning two cars or something.
How do we really determine if we have a right to an object or property?