"If people can access the same stuff by working less, they will. Plymouth settlers faked illness instead of working the common property. The harvest was meager, and for two years, there was famine. But then, after the colony's governor, William Bradford, wrote that they should "set corn every man for his own particular," they dropped the commons idea. He assigned to every family a parcel of land to treat as its own.
The results were dramatic. Much more corn was planted. Instead
of famine, there was plenty. Thanks to private property, they got
food -- and thanks to it, we have food today.
...Private ownership does good things. Be thankful for it this
- John Stossel on Reason