Re: Foreign Ownership of Land
In Response To: Foreign Ownership of Land ()

: I don’t like the idea of a foreign nation owning large tracts of
: land for a long period of time. While I agree with part of what
: you say; I don’t like the idea. I will let you and the
: audience read this quote from Mason Gaffney from “Privatizing
: Land Without Giveaway” which makes a case against foreign
: ownership of land:

: 5. Private wealth being scarce in most Soviet republics, wealthy
: aliens would prevail in bidding for much of the best land. It is
: doubtful that any nation can long keep its sovereignty, or
: meaningfully represent its own median citizens, when most of its
: real estate is foreign-owned. In pre-commercial times one could
: own land in most countries only by swearing personal fealty to
: the sovereign from and under whom the land was held: that’s
: why it’s called “real” (from “regal”) estate. Kings
: knew the link between land and power. Alien ownership was common
: only in conquered lands: it was the means of dominating,
: controlling and exploiting their people.

: Sovereignty supposedly remains with the resident voters, but only
: the deaf and blind are unaware that money and property swing
: elections, and the state and the law acknowledge and — some
: would say exist to — uphold the superior rights of property.
: In 1978 a watershed constitutional change, “Proposition 13,”
: was made in California. Although much California property is
: owned outside California and the United States, the successful
: campaign for Proposition 13 was propelled by the slogan
: “Property should only pay for services to property, not to
: people.” That is a current version of the old contract theory
: of the state, whereby government is basically an agency
: contracting to serve landowners.

: Foreign ownership invites foreign invasion of sovereignty. Witness
: the foreign extension of the American “trading-with-the-
: enemy” act, applied to U.S. corporations holding property in
: other nations. Witness the long-term effects of Zionist land
: acquisition in Palestine. Witness the Canadian law, only
: recently repealed in British Columbia, whereby real estate as
: such had so many votes, based on valuation. Witness the property
: basis of voting that prevails in most public water districts in
: California. Witness the long history of gunboat diplomacy, and
: latter-day CIA manipulations like the replacement of Mohammed
: Mossadegh by the Shah of Iran. History shrieks: buying land is
: not just another commercial transaction, as the abstract
: theorists would have it. Landownership is political power.

Just testing.

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