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  •  Yes, but now the acquisition and accumulation (2+ / 0-)
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    are calculated in dollars and cents. There was no accounting when individual's were granted whole counties in Texas as their private ranches. There was no accounting when the railroad tycoons were given not just the right of way for their tracks, but a mile of land on either side. We have been parcelling out the land and the natural resources on and under and over it for centuries -- wealth that simply wasn't quantified until recently when some of the resources started to run out and the people whose access was/is restricted started to object. It's my sense that people complain most when things are getting better. African Americans made a big fuss about civil rights after they'd had their human rights (some of them) respected in the military.
    After the advent of universal suffrage (1971) we started expecting to have government by the people. Of course, the ruling elites resisted. They posited all kinds of terrors from which they would be needed to protect us until, eventually, that story line wore out. Now it's the irregular, random terrorists that are supposed to scare us and keep us locked in our houses or our cages on wheels. But, of course, as the hens in the hen house know, they've had it, if the fox pays a visit.
    Security is the latest scam. To secure something is to lock it up or tie it down.
    What is it that Wall Street plays with? Securities -- assets that nobody else can use. What do private property rights do? Guarantee exclusive use of material resources without obligation. Ownership should, at least, come with an obligation to share the fruits.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:15:37 PM PST

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