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  •  The question is whether what is to be governed (1+ / 0-)
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    is the allocation of our natural and man-made resources and assets or the human population.
    Of course, that question is superfluous when humans are categorized as just another resource to be exploited and disposed of as the elect determine to be right.
    Are property rights to continue to dominate human rights? If so, then we will all continue as potential slaves. If not, then the place to start is by recognizing that children have rights and ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Until we start recognizing that humans have rights (by insuring that their survival is provided for), the echoes of our history as a slave nation will continue to reverberate, if only in the desire to wrest obedience from our own kind for nothing.

    Germans have a saying (which is not to say they always follow it) "erst kommt dass Fressen, dann kommt die Kultur."
    Roughly translated, it says that first people have to be fed, then they'll become civilized.
    "No free lunch," gets it backwards. It says that eating is conditioned on obedience (paying subservience). If you think not, just remember that within the month children in Massachusetts were denied lunch because their account hadn't been paid up front.
    People in prison get lunch, but not our children in school. Indeed, one of the major sources of antagonism towards Barack Obama is connected to the distribution of free food to indigent families via stamps or debit cards. It conflict with one of the major tenets of the culture of obedience that compliance has to be coerced by restricting access to sustenance to those who have earned their property rights.

    The ownership society is right to be concerned about debt. Those who own have reason to worry about the tables being turned.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 04:26:13 AM PDT

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    •  Very interesting.... (0+ / 0-)
      Germans have a saying...Roughly translated, it says that first people have to be fed, then they'll become civilized.
      Then there's the old English proverb:
      'You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink'
      Americanized by Dorothy Parker:
      'you can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think'
      Our culture, our low bar for what is "civilized" and our country's vast abundance seem to collide with the proverbs I don't know if Americans believe one can actually physically need to be fed here given our "safety net" mentality and the reality that resources themselves are not scarce.
      •  Resources have been made artificially scarce (1+ / 0-)
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        through the magic of private property rights. Indeed, even our public properties are increasingly restricted from public use by the imposition of "hours of operation" and the levying of fees.
        If currency were as readily available as the inch or the ounce, there would be no difficulty. However, as it stands now, certificates of debt are only issued upon the completion of some service or evidence of incompetence.
        The culture of obedience demands evidence of compliance before it issues sustenance. Potable water used to be readily available from public fountains. Now it has to be paid for, in part because fresh water resources have been permitted to be polluted by industrial wastes and effluent. It used to be that such "externalities" were simply ignored. Now they are expected to be paid for by individual households. Monetization does not necessarily improve the individual or general welfare; it does make it easier to calculate the extent of the deprivation.
        It has been fairly well established that increases in average longevity and improved health in the twentieth century were largely the result of improved sanitation and investments in public infrastructure. Those trends have now been reversed. The data tell us that average longevity is trending down and many people are unhealthy. To a certain extent, we are paying now for careless industrial practices which degraded the environment and human beings along with it.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 09:36:36 AM PDT

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