Whose land is it?

Kaelvi Kadhai (part of Iniyavai Indru) is an eight minute Tamil series with animation and narration anchored by Malavika PC, written and directed by Samyuktha PC for a Tamil cultural television channel called Puthuyugam TV in 2013. The animation was done by Trotsky Marudu’s team of animators. This particular episode furthers our conversation on land use, land ownership and land rights.The purpose of producing this show was to explore everyday concepts as stories and discover the individual’s relationship with the same.

Please watch, share and write to us on your experiences and observations with land use patterns around the world. For instance, what kind of a role does the State have in relation to land? What legislations are present or afloat to protect or grab land? What kind of power is in the hand of the people from the land? Add questions, thoughts, images and anything else. Comment below or send us the longer replies to chaikadai@gmail.com

Tamil, 8 mins 30 s

Monopoly Is Theft | Harper’s Magazine

The Landlord’s Game, 1906. Image courtesy of Thomas E. Forsyth. Special thanks to Forsyth (landlordsgame.info) for his assistance with board images.

Christopher Ketcham while reporting on an annual corporate Monopoly tournament, travels into “the antimonopolist history of the world’s most popular board game.” Do read.

The official history of Monopoly, as told by Hasbro, which owns the brand, states that the board game was invented in 1933 by an unemployed steam-radiator repairman and part-time dog walker from Philadelphia named Charles Darrow.

…At least 1 billion people in 111 countries speaking forty-three languages have played it, with an estimated 6 billion little green houses manufactured to date. Monopoly boards have been created using the streets of almost every major American city; they’ve been branded around financiers (Berkshire Hathaway Monopoly), sports teams (Chicago Bears Monopoly), television shows (The Simpsons Monopoly), automobiles (Corvette Monopoly), and farm equipment (John Deere Monopoly).

…The game’s true origins, however, go unmentioned in the official literature. Three decades before Darrow’s patent, in 1903, a Maryland actress named Lizzie Magie created a proto-Monopoly as a tool for teaching the philosophy of Henry George, a nineteenth-century writer who had popularized the notion that no single person could claim to “own” land.

…Before being monopolized by a single person working in tandem with a corporation, Monopoly had in fact been “invented” by many people—not just Magie and the Raifords but also the unknown player who gave the game its moniker and the unsung Ardenite who had perhaps aided Magie in advancing its rules. The game that today stresses the ruthlessness of the individual and defines victory as the impoverishment of others was the product of communal labor.

 

via Monopoly Is Theft | Christopher Ketcham| 19 October 2012 | Harper’s Magazine

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