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Taking Property Seriously

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Over the course of the past several decades, calls for a new 'Earth covenant' or its equivalent, have come from many quarters. The author proposes that in order to move ones understanding and behavior toward property in a more socially and ecologically responsible direction, one can need to probe the covenantal foundations of their property regimes. This chapter explicates that the world view Faustian pact entails, the perverse meaning it gives to property, and the spiritual dynamics that drive it, before turning to a description of the new covenant with Earth we are now being called on to make. For Faust, the greatest work of the great work of alchemy is to maximize the money value of the world in his possession so that he may purchase and possess every claim to property–tangible and intangible–on offer within it.

Keywords:alchemy; anti-covenant; earth covenant; Faustian pact



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