A FAN Event: Mine! How Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives
A Zoom event presented by The Family Action Network (FAN) in partnership with LMAIS, Michael Heller and James Salzman will be in conversation with Baron Gellman as they discuss their book Mine! How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives
“Mine” is one of the first words babies learn. By the time we grow up, the idea of ownership seems natural, whether buying a cup of coffee or a house. But who controls the space behind your airplane seat: you reclining or the squished laptop user behind? Why is plagiarism wrong, but it’s okay to knock off a recipe or a dress design? And after a snowstorm, why does a chair in the street hold your parking space in Chicago, but in New York you lose the space and the chair?
In their 2021 book Mine! How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives , law professors Michael Heller and James Salzman offer explanations to these puzzles and many more. Surprisingly, there are just six simple stories that everyone uses to claim everything. Owners choose the story that steers us to do what they want, but we can always pick a different story. This is true not just for airplane seats, but also for battles over digital privacy, climate change, and wealth inequality.
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