The ownership, use and sale of productive property has become a right of the individual rather than a privilege. The context out of which decisions are made about ownership has been reduced to a tension between individual or corporate self-interest and benevolent good will, both of which are often two sides of self satisfaction. Concern for the larger economy, global ecology or other transnational issues is a function of other pressures, like political awareness of the environment.
18 land owners own 75 percent of the state of Maine, USA. These landowners pay only 0.2 percent of the state's taxes.