Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Reclaiming the land

In this discussion I am trying to raise the issue of poverty. The reason that I started the conversation with the Founders is that I believe that founding of USA was a first serious attempt to acknowledge individual rights of owning property and bearing arms. These two rights assure, to a significant degree, individuals ability to fend for his family. There are many reasons for poverty, here I like to look at what I believe is the most serious human condition of not having access to land and food. Sims like the war on poverty became a cliché, just because it is political in nature. There was this columnist who said that “…if we would combat poverty the politicians would have nothing to talk about.” Since that time we saved the redwoods, spotted owl, whales and the seals. This new generation is saving the climate. When the youth of my generation was campaigning to save the whales I don’t remember us talking about any specific measurable results we didn’t know how many people stopped whaling. I’m sure that a bunch of whaling ships was rerouted to friendlier waters. I wonder what will be the specific measurable result for the climate not changing.  
 In the rest of the world tribal conflict and territorial dispute alienated millions from the homelands. The emerging economies marginalized millions of their citizens in order to be able to sport the new economic boom. The governments and municipalities are claiming eminent domain for “the public good” whatever that means. The millions of dollars, being raised by charities are being spent on food that is purchased from the very people that are controlling the excess to the land and the food. None of the human rights campaigns are talking about reclaiming the land for individual use. When a wise man was offered to choose between gold and a mule he chooses the mule, the gold I would spend in a day but a mule will be a lasting asset, he said.
“Reclaiming the land” need to be the new campaign around world. It could be easily measured and would give a message to our leaders, dictators and the corrupt officials that we are a wake and no longer tolerating slavery, indigent servitude and poverty.

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