Public lands already have value as nature preserves and tourist attractions. At the same time, the economic needs of ordinary human beings — which often require land development — shouldn't be ignored.
The workers were never enthusiastic about socialism. Socialism was brought to the masses by intellectuals of bourgeois background, dining and wining together in the luxurious London homes and country seats of late Victorian "society."
The brutal, absolutist, and mercantilist state that collapsed under the French Revolution was no benign and restrained regime. And in many ways, the monarchy's embrace of a powerful centralized state sowed the seeds of its own destruction.