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The Bundy Thing

April 16th, 2014
Correct me if I am wrong, but the whole Bundy Ranch situation stems from the fact that someone wants to use land that they do not own for their own profit, without paying for it. The right wing seems to find this a cause célèbre because, I am guessing, (1) it involves land resource protection on behalf of an endangered species, an easy right-wing battle to win in the public eye; (2) the people who want to get something for free which they do not own are (a) ranchers, (b) hostile to the federal government / militia types, (c) invoking “state's rights”; (3) it's a general protest against the federal government, especially under the Obama administration; and (4) it has the potential to explode into a Waco-style conflagration which would be an ideal situation to make Obama and Democrats look evil. However, what it comes down to is, these people don't own the land and yet seem to feel entitled to using it without paying fees or observing the rules set by the rightful owners of the property. Good time to note here that conservatives only hate people who feel “entitled to take something from the government for free” when they are poor or generally liberal. When they are wealthy or conservative, well, it's just patriotic Americans claiming a resource they have every right to, and any attempt to deny them this is a case of oppressive government regulating them to death.

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  1. Troy
    April 17th, 2014 at 02:37 | #1

    It’s easy being a conservative if you’ve got several millions worth of natural capital working — producing tradable wealth — for you.

    Thing is, there’s only 400m acres of cropland and 600m acres of grazing land.

    Per household that’s a 3 acre share of cropland plus 5 acres of range.

    Alternatively, given that it takes 1500 acres of cropland to make a decent living, that’s under 300,000 1500 acre farmsteads available, one for every 400 households.

    Yet Republicans are so judgmental about “urban” “blahs” not being as successful as them with their $5,000+ per acre farmland pumping out food wealth every year.

    What nobody understands any more:

    “In order to prove a legal title to land one must trace it back to the man who stole it.”

    Everybody is “got mine, screw you”. Conservatives more obviously, but progressives too with NIMBY and other development restrictions.

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