The Evils of Landownership
Kyle Schuh — America is quickly becoming a nation of renters. With more people having less in their bank accounts and the few having more in theirs, renting becomes an inevitability.
With phrases such as “it’s just business, don’t take it personal” becoming commonplace in our society it is little wonder that the rich have no qualms with earning their millions off the backs of the less fortunate. A good example of this is landownership.
A landlord is a person who owns a house or a condo or any other tract of land that they themselves do not use but for the sole purpose of leasing it out and charging often high fees. After all, they own the land so they have a right to make money off it don’t they? There are no laws against it so it’s perfectly moral, right? The answer is no. You and I have as much right to the land as any man or woman. The land of this earth was once, and is to be again, a commons for all people to make a life off of — to be able to meet the essentials of life unencumbered by these unnatural gatekeepers of resources.
It is a bold statement for man, who has only been around for the blink of an eye, to claim ownership of this earth that has been here far longer than we have. Are we really so foolish as to think that we can own this planet, this earth that has endured many millenia of asteroids, solar flares, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions long before our tree-shrew ancestors even crawled out from the shadows of the dinosaurs.
Is the land of this planet really ours to own? The answer is again “no.” The earth is here to sustain us, and by us I mean all living things — plants, fish, birds, reptiles, mammals and marsupials alike. And if the planet is here to sustain us, is it not our responsibility to sustain the planet? As the most intelligent species on the Earth it is our duty to ensure the survival of all creatures on this planet. We are here not to earn the present at the cost of the future, but to enjoy the gift we have been given and to ensure that future generations of all creatures will be able to do the same.
We must remember that we are not alone on this planet, animals have as much right to the land of this planet as we do, after all, if we prick them do they not bleed? Too often we get caught up in thinking that the way things are is the way it should be, that we have reached the end of societal evolution, but in fact this “modern” society is but a stepping stone to something much greater — much greater for you and I and every living creature and every living creature yet to be born. I guarantee you that if we do not change our ways now, future generations will curse their forefathers (us) for leaving them a planet in complete disrepair.
We cannot assume these feudal landlords will use their power for good, for they never have. They exploit the planet leaving it a wasteland of pollution; they exploit the people by leaving their bank accounts and their hearts empty, unable to enjoy this gift of life because of the constant threat of homelessness. Each of us has a right to the essentials of life, and no man has the right to hold us and our planet hostage for the sake of a dollar. For if we continue on this road where will we find ourselves? We will find ourselves on a dead and polluted planet with the last man sucking the last dollar of “profit” from our planet and proclaiming (in the words of Michael C. Ruppert) “we did it!”
Let us take back the planet from these “lords of the land” and let us take it for the benefit of all creatures of this Earth. We were born free men, and free men we shall be again.
***Kyle Schuh is a contributing writer to GRANTJKIDNEY.com***