Map of lake district for First of all, the nature of controversy has to be clarified. Neither pure private nor pure collective ownership have ever existed in any human society. In a society whose economic system is based on private ownership, collective ownership is very widespread. The most important form of it is, of course, ownership within a family (household). Housing, cars, televisions, children’s toys, and many other items are usually in collective, not private ownership in any family, and many of the most important economic decisions about how to allocate resources within the family are often made collectively. Public goods, such as national defense, security, roads and bridges, fire service, etc., are also owned and exploited collectively despite the fact that they are scarce and valuable. Map of lake district 2016.