Get ready for the deluge of statist, militarist, and nationalist drivel from arm-chair “patriots” this weekend, parroting the phrases they’ve been conditioned to regurgitate when prompted by certain symbols or phrases. Wave a flag or thank a vet, but whatever you do, ask no questions.
This is an issue I’ve yet to personally resolve. It’s my understanding that certain cultures do not/did not have a concept of land ownership, and I think that is the most natural way of doing things. Property rights, like so many other aspects of “modern” human civilization, are an artificial, unnatural construct. In the same way that it is immoral for a collective/state entity to claim it has borders and restrict the free movements of individuals, I think it is immoral for an individual to claim he/she “owns” land and to use force to restrict the movements of individuals upon their “property”.
There’s also the issue of how ownership is established. Individuals should be free to sell anything they own including land, but the question is how did all this land end up as being “owned”. In the case of the United States, most of the land was taken, often immorally, through treaties with indigenous tribes or other governments, and was then sold or leased by the US government to individuals or corporations. To that end, I think all property ownership in the US is immoral, and for it to continue to exist in some moral fashion, you would have to devise some kind of system where you hit the reset button and then allow everyone an opportunity to acquire property, which would mean redistribution and the use of force to some extent, and thus a big huge mess.
I think, possibly too optimistically, that it would be possible to share land in a voluntary society, but everyone would have to be on the same page. Everyone would have to understand that we are all human beings born on this planet through no fault of our own, and all deserve the same access to the planet’s resources, and moreover, we are responsible to be the stewards and guardians of our natural environments. Humans are the only animals (that I know of) that are AWARE of the consequences of our actions, and the fact that we continue to act as if we are not is despicable. There is no denying “modern” civilization is unsustainable, yet not much is being done about it. If it were possible for everyone to achieve the same enlightened understanding about our relationship with our planet, I think it would then be possible to evolve to a bioregional voluntaryist state of human existence.
The progress trap of technology would need to be escaped, so that we can stop pillaging the planet for non-renewable energy sources and rare minerals to build more and more consumer shit that we do not need. Not everyone wants to hunt/gather or farm for their survival, so the individuals that wish to do so would be allowed to use the land to that end, and could voluntarily engage with individuals who pursue other goals to trade for goods/services. Individuals would understand that having a huge fuck-off mansion is ridiculous, and so would be fine living in smaller dwellings which would require less space, less resources, and less land. Individuals would be free to live communally as well, as cultures without the concept of land ownership tend to do.
So I guess to answer your question, ultimately I do not believe in property ownership. However, to achieve the goals I have for my life, which are to become as self-sufficient and independent as possible, I will probably end up owning property, so that I can grow my own food and be left the fuck alone. Unless the State collapses though, I will still be forced to pay property taxes, which are another egregious transgression on behalf of the State. You never really own your land, you just rent it from the government - a government which is free to take your land whenever it wants through ‘eminent domain’.
Nobody owns the planet, but for some reason people think you can own pieces of it. If your neighbor’s dog shits in your yard, you’re probably going to get mad and talk to him about it. But if Exxon dumps a shit ton of oil into a river, not a lot of people go knocking on Exxon’s door, and that’s just sad.
I think if you are going to own land, you should only “own” as much as you can use. There’s no need to own 1000000 acres if you don’t farm any of it and just fuck around and are rich as shit. Just the same as you don’t need to own a fucking Hummer or a private jet. Some people think there is freedom in being able to consume to excess. I think it’s a travesty. I’m not going to tell you you can’t do it, but I will ask you to consider the consequences of your actions, which is something not enough people do.
|—||Edward Abbey, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness, 1989|
War is not fucking cool. Stop glorifying it. There is nothing romantic about people killing each other. There is nothing heroic about bombs and tanks and fighter jets - it all represents money stolen from people, and people’s sons and daughters sent to kill people they’ve never met and never had a problem with, all because the people stealing the money said so. Stop.
Most Americans are ineligible to join the military, either because they’re drug users, obese, medically unfit, failed to graduate high school, or have criminal records.
It is curious that so many soldiers think that they are Christians. Christianity is incompatible with military service, if any Christianity is meant that Christ would have regarded with other than repugnance.
The explanation of course lies in the soldier’s moral compartmentation. Within his own tribe or pack, these usually being denominated “countries,” he is the soul of moral propriety—doesn’t knock over convenience stores, kick his dog, or beat his children; speaks courteously, observes personal hygiene, and works tirelessly for the public good in the event of natural disasters. A steely gaze with little behind it and a firm handshake amplify the appearance of probity.
In conflict with foreigners, he will burn, bomb, rape and torture indiscriminately. His is the behavior of feral dogs, which humans closely resemble.
Israel, like all nations, has no right to exist. You can’t just draw lines on a map and be like “Yeah, dibs.” And yes, that is exactly how nations are made.
Washington notables broke ground on the future home of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, symbolically starting construction on the biggest federal building project in the Washington area since the Pentagon 68 years ago.
Police state, what?
The Obama administration is forecast to turn a record $51 billion profit this year from student loan borrowers, a sum greater than the earnings of the nation’s most profitable companies and roughly equal to the combined net income of the four largest U.S. banks by assets. Figures made public Tuesday by the Congressional Budget Office show that the nonpartisan agency increased its 2013 fiscal year profit forecast for the Department of Education by 43 percent to $50.6 billion from its February estimate of $35.5 billion.
The government does not want to make college ‘more affordable’. They want to make it easier for you to go into debt so that you can continue to give them money for the rest of your life.
The city of Keene, New Hampshire, is suing a group of do-gooders for allegedly topping off parking meters of strangers. The group, which calls itself “Robin Hood and his Merry Men,” likes to leave notes on the windshields of cars that are in danger of getting a ticket due to an expired meter, according to […]
The alleged ‘harassing’ doesn’t sound all that harassing. Starve the beast! Some choice commentary from the article:
”“The city would have to hire & train new officers”…How F&^%ckin’ hard is to train someone to write a parking ticket??? Statement’s a total crock.”
”When taxes pay to pave the streets, why do citizens have to pay to park on them?”
”Of course. Parking meters aren’t there to collect the piddly little quarters, they exist to give an excuse to write tickets with high priced fines, fees, and surcharges. This is otherwise known as “Taxation by Citation”.”
The heavily redacted internal emails released by the Defense Department show that no U.S. sailors witnessed Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea, and that Islamic laws were followed during the ceremony.
You’d have to be completely brainwashed to take the government’s word on anything with a complete lack of any proof whatsoever, or just be 99% of Americans.
|—||Muhammad Ali on the Vietnam War Draft|
Internal cost estimates from 17 of the nation’s largest insurance companies indicate that health insurance premiums will grow an average of 100 percent under Obamacare, and that some will soar more than 400 percent, crushing the administration’s goal of affordability. New regulations, policies, taxes, fees and mandates are the reason for the unexpected rate shock, according to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which released a report Monday based on internal documents provided by the insurance companies. The 17 companies include Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Kaiser Foundation.