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Libraries

“Even more useful than the books or activities, though, is the principle
behind libraries, that we and our neighbours can pool our resources and
hold things in common that all of us occasionally need. Most of the
Western World, however, adopted this principle for books and then
stopped, never extending it to other obvious areas of life. In
fact, the trend of the last few decades has been the opposite – people
bought more and more of their own private stocks of anything, no matter
how expensive or little-used: a row of ten family homes might have ten
rakes, ten chainsaws, ten barbecue pits and ten Dora the Explorer
videos, each of which is used for only a few hours a year.” Read.

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