The United Nations declared a human right to clean water, so everyone must have it, right?
Some people fight wars; others declare victory and go home.
Read this great analysis of this new right.
But seriously, folks... my paper on human rights and property rights was rejected by a journal this morning. These objections stand out:
[reviewer #3:] Giving masses of illiterate or semi-literate farmers in Third World countries salable rights to water, with sales to be managed by elaborate and sophisticate market structures, is just asking for massive fraud that will probably leave large numbers of such farmers devoid of both water and wealth.Besides my explicit suggestion that farmers (and everyone!) be able to lease, but NOT sell, this reviewer also knows that governments are doing a good job for these illiterate farmers (and why are they illiterate?) -- a better job than they can do themselves.
[reviewer #4:] The paper is basically the anti-thesis to the current and emerging trend on water resources management world-wide. Legislation and policy on water resources world-wide are moving in the direction whereby water resources, both surface as well as groundwater, are owned, controlled, regulated and allocated by the state.I can't wait for the politicians in Sacramento, Washington DC, and other political capitals to decide who, where, why, how and when water flows/sarcasm