The notion of private property—that land can be owned and put to private use—is deeply ingrained in contemporary society. Yet it’s an idea that’s hardly five hundred years old. Orion editor Scott Gast speaks with Steven Stoll, a scholar of environmental history, who makes the case that private property isn’t only a relatively recent cultural artifact, but one with consequences that are deep and troubling. Stoll’s essay on the subject, “No Man’s Land,” appears in the January/February 2016 issue of the magazine.
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