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  •  I think we need to understand that (12+ / 0-)

    the people were never considered in how our natural resources are doled out in the past.  For over a hundred and fifty years, the role of public elected officials was mainly to dole out goodies to their friends and associates:

    free land
    free water
    free fishing
    free hunting
    free grazing
    free minerals
    free trade

    Neither the public nor the environment were considered other than as exploitable resources. If human were wasted, then females were available to make more. Individual human rights never came up. In any event, from the beginning, human rights were trumped by property rights.  People were bought off.  They could own property in exchange for not owning themselves.  Indeed, the promise of jobs continues that scheme.
    That the deprivation of the means to sustain oneself is coercive never comes up.  If people want to eat, they'll do what they're told because that's what the restrictions of private property support.
    Private property rights sequester the resources of the earth and force people to beg for their sustenance.

    Why do we need to understand this?  To put fire in the belly; to stiffen the back-bone; to generate unwavering opposition to the wrong and support for what's right.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Mon Apr 02, 2012 at 03:22:26 AM PDT

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