Social Land Ownership
Land Reform Act Part 2
The Seven Pillars of Mutualism
|For a free society to flourish, the exercise of individual liberty
requires the acknowledgement of mutual responsibility.
|Mutualism can thrive only when it is rooted in culture and choice,
rather than laws and coercion; it should be encouraged as far as possible, and enforced
only when necessary.
|Legitimate economic and political power may derive from a variety of
sources; what matters is how it is used, how it is checked and how far it is dispersed.
|Markets are social institutions that should both offer rights to, and
demand obligations from, those who seek financial gain.
|Government has a duty to promote responsible market behaviour; to act
as an effective umpire it should, as far as possible, avoid being a market competitor.
|Mutualism requires an inclusive society in which all have equal
access to the means to participate in it to the full.
|Government has a duty to guarantee basic equality of access, but
should, as far as possible, leave delivery to independent institutions exercising their
|Source: New Mutualism - The Third Way, Peter Kellner,
September 1998 ISBN 0 85195 252 6
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