Is the answer one thing when we're talking about oil under American soil,
and something else when it is under the ocean, and yet a third answer when
it is under someone else's soil?
Does the fact that Americans use 1/4 of the world's oil flow, despite being
only 6% of the world's population change the answer to the question?
Are we all created equal? Or should we continue with laws and traditions
that award the oil revenue to private parties? Should we reinforce governments
that treat oil revenue as the kings' or the corporations' private treasure?
Is the "we" who are created equal only the American people, or does this
equality with respect to natural resources extend to all the world's people?
What sort of royalties do the corporations owe the people of the countries
where they are extracting oil or other natural resources? Should it
be our affair if someone in a foreign country is permitted by local
law or tradition
to privatize that economic value? (Is the answer any different if we
continue to permit individuals and corporations to privatize our land
value and natural
resources?) — See also motes and beams ...