Dateline: 15 April 2017
This essay is part of a series about Ralph Borsodi and his book, Inflation is Coming And What to Do About It. Click Here to go to the beginning of this series.
As noted in a previous part of this series, Ralph Borsodi felt that land should be accessible to all people. He saw the private ownership of land, especially by speculators and corporations, as a bad thing. This is evidenced by his mention above of a "God-given right of access to land" as being one of the rights of man.
Do all people have a God-given right to access of land? That's a new way of thinking to me. I'm not sure I agree with it. But I'm not firmly opposed to the concept as Borsodi presented it. It wasn't a socialist vision he had, because he believed that people had a right to ownership of what they built and created on the land. He just wanted to make land, and the security and freedom that can come with land, more accessible to the masses.
What we have in America today, with the government supporting so many people with so many giveaways is socialism. And we are becoming more socialist all the time. Socialism never ends well for the masses — especially those who rely most on the government for their sustenance.
If I understand correctly, Borsodi wanted government to restructure land ownership to a more equitable system of land tenancy. In so doing, all the citizenry would have access to land on which they could live less dependent and more self-reliant lives. Then, all the government social support programs could be eliminated.
If properly utilized, land will support families and communities, much more securely (and with an amazing measure of sustainably) than any basket of government giveaways. All people would have the means (land) to support themselves. Responsibility for their support would be transferred from government back to the people.
But this is all theoretical and not likely to happen. It's just not the nature of governments to simplify and downsize. And precious few citizens value self reliance. It's a whole lot easier to vote people into office who will give them more things.
That being the case, those who see the folly of reliance on Big Government (and the eventual collapse of such a system) need to get themselves onto a section of land that can be made productive. That is step one.
You can't live a self reliant lifestyle without land. Your chances of surviving any kind of serious economic disaster are significantly diminished without land.
To be continued...