When you think of that, of the psychological manifestations and transformations that took place just because of the passing of time, it’s not that difficult to understand why someone sees the phrase BLACK LIVES MATTER and crosses it out with ALL LIVES. Our nation’s very fabric is threaded with these knots — knots that are fraught with tensions; tensions that feed into our interactions and language. #BlackLivesMatter is about saying out loud what usually has to go unspoken. Look what happens when we affirm our humanity. It’s crossed out, it is suppressed. It is called oppressive. Just let that sit for a moment. It is considered oppressive if I, a black person, say or do anything that acknowledges my blackness.
A healthy dose of another Founding ‘father’ if you with, now forgotten and a little too radical for his time. Some Libertarians, Militarists/militia groups, Conservatives and T party idiots like to quote him, well, here are some interesting statements from some of this works (I’ve actually read some)…
“There are two kinds of property. Firstly, natural property, or that which comes to us from the Creator of the universe – such as the earth, air, water. Secondly, artificial or acquired property – the invention of men. In the natural property all individuals have legitimate birthrights. Men did not make the earth. It is the value of the improvement only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property…
I care not how affluent some may be, provided that none be miserable in consequence of it.” AND
Thomas Paine’s last pamphlet, Agrarian Justice (1797). That tract was the first proposal for a property estate tax to fund a universal social security program, and belies the insistence of political conservatives that all the Founders were private property rights supporters rather than supporters of social justice and economic equity.
Without saying it in such stark terms, Paine believed that private property was a form of theft from the working classes of society (the true producers of wealth) and, while wealth can be acceptable as long as it doesn’t impoverish others, the wealthy owe a debt to society in proportion to their property (wealth). In this light, Thomas Paine, the instigator of the American Revolution, was not just a liberal but an authentic radical.”
and, “Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”
– Thomas Paine, Agrarian Justice (1797)
Well, Live and learn
“Another means of silently lessening the inequality of [landed] property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions of property in geometrical progression as they rise. Whenever there are in a country uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate the natural right. The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on. If, for the encouragement of industry we allow it to be appropriated, we must take care that other employment be provided for those excluded from the appropriation. If we do not, the fundamental right to labor the earth returns to the unemployed…”
– Thomas Jefferson in a 1787 letter to Rev. James Madison (president of the College of William & Mary, cousin to the “father of the Constitution”)
“The land, the earth God gave man for his home, sustenance, and support, should never be the possession of any man, corporation, society, or unfriendly government, any more than the air or water.” – Abraham Lincoln
Truth is , as many climate scientists have admitted, this is unprecedented, and wet/they really don’t know exactly what this will bring, but, it won’t be good, for us for life for the planet, and its ‘happening a lot faster than any of them surmised a few years ago’. Its called, Exponential effect.
“Recent changes are unprecedented since the year 900, the Potsdam Institute said, adding that man-made climate change appeared to be to blame.
Researchers have for years raised concerns that shifts in the Gulf Stream may change the climate in Europe. One view is that slower circulation may make Europe colder by depriving northern latitudes of warm waters. ”
This might be still in the ‘debatable’ field, as Neil DeGrasse Tyson had said last year (he might have changed his mind), but, if we are in the ‘Antrho (man)pocence age’ wherein Humankind is now deciding the planet’s future by our emissions, destruction of Mother Earth…
Two scientists, including one Nobel Laureate, now propose this..
“the name Anthropocene was coined 15 years ago by American ecologist Eugene F. Stoermer to describe how humans had taken over from nature to decide the planet’s future—but the authors of a new paper believe they have shown that it is now a frightening reality.”
Why is libertarianism wrong? by Paul Treanor
Libertarianism is part of the Anglo-American liberal tradition in political philosophy. It is a development of classic liberalism, and not a separate category from it. It is specifically associated with the United States, and to a lesser extent with Britain and its former ‘white colonies’ (Canada, Australia, New Zealand). Many libertarian authors know only North American political culture and society. They claim universal application for libertarianism, but it remains culture-bound. For instance, some libertarians argue by quoting the US Constitution – apparently without realising that it only applies in the USA. Most online material on libertarianism contrasts it to ‘liberalism’, but that is also culturally specific. In the USA, ‘liberal’ means ‘left-of-centre’, or roughly the left wing of the Democratic Party. Here, the word ‘liberal’ is used in the European sense: libertarians are a sub-category of liberals. As a political philosophy, liberalism includes John Locke, John Stuart Mill, Karl Popper, Friedrich Hayek, Isaiah Berlin, and John Rawls. As a political movement, it is represented by the continental-European liberal parties in the Liberal International.
At this point, you might expect a definition of libertarianism. However, most were written by libertarians themselves, and they are often useless. Libertarianism is freedom! is a slogan, not a definition. Besides, libertarians generally believe that market forces override individual liberty. With so many inaccurate, propagandistic definitions, I have avoided a futile redefinition. Libertarianism is described here through its values, claims, and effects.” continued…..
War Has Always Been And Evermore Shall Be So?? – February 16, 2015.
From a local Sullivan county blogger on ‘The Catskill Chronicle’….(Catskillchronicle.com)..
Forever war? great article by a local gentleman, whom I admire