Monday, October 3, 2011

A Lot Better Off

Ask yourselves – where would we be right now if the people who sat here before us decided not to build our highways and our bridges; our dams and our airports? What would this country be like if we had chosen not to spend money on public high schools, or research universities, or community colleges? Millions of returning heroes, including my grandfather, had the opportunity to go to school because of the GI Bill. Where would we be if they hadn’t had that chance?

-Barack "Barry Soetoro" Hussein Obama, "Jobs" Speech, Joint Session of Congress, September 8, 2011

Do you mean where would we be if we hadn't crisscrossed the entire country with concrete and asphalt, laying to waste acres upon acres of tillable land and deeding ownership of that land to corporations and governments? Are you asking if the people would have survived without the Federal Reserve inflation policies, booms and busts?

19th century photo from Harper's Weekly
Probably, this land would be a whole lot better off.

It has been said that in the early days of the American West, when the railroads intr
oduced European settlers to the land, adventurous train passengers would shoot the plentiful buffalo from their train seat. Many Europeans felt this a necessary undertaking in order to "civilize" the West. It was no secret that buffalo was the main staple of the Indian peoples and the decimation of the buffalo would end the lives of the nomadic Indians as they were accustomed.

The Pacific Railroad Act of 1862 was an act of Congress that gave the railroad land grants- 400 ft. right-of-ways and ten square miles of land for every miles of track built.  This was, of course, not the first time government forces laid claim to land using only their ideology as precedent.  It has been going on for centuries.  Covered up by flowery language and force, government has amassed huge amounts of land.   
"If we ever owned the land we own it still, for we never sold it. In the treaty councils the commissioners have claimed that our country had been sold to the government. Suppose a white man should come to me and say, Joseph, I like your horses, and I want to buy them. Then he goes to my neighbor and says to him; Joseph's horses. I want to buy them, but he refuses to sell. My neighbor answers, Pay me the money and I will sell you Joseph's horses. The white man returns to me, and says, Joseph, I have bought your horses and you must let me have them. If we sold our lands to the government, this is the way they were bought."

-Chief Joseph-Nez Perce Nez Perce Indian Chief on the questionable custom of land ownership

Most people think that someone or something must own the land or else the world would disintingrate due to confusion....or something.  This very subject looks to be the special suprise lurking behind the economic crash.  Fading with the S&P and Dow Jones Industrial Average will be the authority needed to hold on to all the land government has reserved for itself.  As the banks try to get the states to accept a one-time payment for the trillions of mortgage-backed securities that were traded in the Wall Street Casino, the talks are failing.  Not only do the states not want to accept a one-time payment of an inflated curreny, taking the money wiould prevent the states from suing the banks again for foreclosures.   
What will stop the people from declaring allodial ownership?  The divine right of kings is dead and governments have proven time and time again they are corrupt.  What sort of bullshit justification will the supranational entities try to pull off to steal the land this time?

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