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Response to JCMach1 (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2013, 08:05 AM

6. Well it's very similar to what the kings of Europe use to do.

 

A starving serf could not hunt in the woods or in the empty field surrounding them. They could NOT fish in the streams, lakes and oceans near-by. It all belonged to the king and he doled it out to his friends, family and business partners as he saw fit. Usually he gave those rights to men who would pay him gold, provide soldiers, give him weapons, swear allegiance to him. You know them as lords and bishops. But the starving serf who toiled half his life to pay the king's taxes, could not even shoot a rabbit to feed his starving (oops I mean food insecure) family.

Now we have turned our nations into the same little kingdoms. The president, mayor, Governor, congress and legislators dole out our land and water with all their riches to the corporations in exchange for money and reelection.

Already it has destroyed many communities. Take the small farmer for example. With some land they use to be able to grow enough to sell and feed their family. But now the small farmer has been locked out of the market. Where are they going to sell their small bundle of crops? The schools use to buy it to provide lunches for the students but now schools are required by laws to buy from the USDA who only buys from large corporate farms at the lowest price. They can't sell to super markets and grocery stores because those chain stores are required to buy from corporate headquarters and corporate headquarters buy from the factory farm. Most restaurants are franchises that also must buy from the corporate headquarters. So, what has happened is the small farmer is squeezed out of the market with no outlet to sell his crops to he quits.

The fish industry is now being corporatized just like farming has been.

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