A quick administrative note to apologize for the recent gap in postings – in addition to a heavy workload, my family recently found itself faced with the need to vacate a sublet apartment on fairly short notice and we launched ourselves into the awesomely expensive and numbingly over-regulated Stockholm real estate market. I could start a whole blog on that, but suspect that interest may be limited! Suffice it to say that from now on, my philosophical ramblings on the nature of property rights will be infused with the elemental urgency of one who has just taken on a very large mortgage in a foreign currency with far too many zeros for anybody’s good.
Also, in followup to the recent guest posting by Alexandre Corriveau-Bourque on customary institutions and land conflict in Liberia, I would like to point out a recent article in IRIN, brought to my attention by Laura Cunial. The article notes that tensions over land in Liberia have not abated, with about 250 deaths since the end of the conflict attributed to disputes over land and property. It also points out that mediation and customary adjudication, for all the flaws identified by Alexandre in his report and posting, remain the only viable mechanism for the time being to containing such conflicts on the ground.