The companies that make our digital devices think - and act - like they still own them, even after we've bought them. Are we becoming digital serfs?
Distributism is the name given to a socio-economic and political creed originally associated with G. K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc. Chesterton bowed to Belloc's preeminence as a disseminator of the ideas of distributism, declaring Belloc the master in relation to whom he was merely a disciple.
Who owns our stuff? The answer used to be obvious. Now, with electronics integrated into just about everything we buy, the answer has changed. The issue goes beyond cellphone unlocking, because once we buy an object -- any object -- we should own it. But we really don't own our stuff anymore; the manufacturers do. Because modifying modern objects requires access to information.