Filmed and published on 27 May 2016, revised
Previously titled: Soothing Social Unrest: Historic Land Grants as a Wealth Distribution Model
- VIDEO BY ALICE
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This blog is about ways to soothe social unrest and improve our urban environments through land distribution. The information in green font below is not mentioned in the video …
- After Columbus discovered America, the problem of unrest among younger sons of nobility was solved in England by offering them land grants to plantations on the East Coast of America. This was also a way of redistributing wealth and creating new wealth.
- How this may apply to unrest among those of no means in America’s large cities, with regard to possible redistribution of Government Lands, for instance, lands owned by the Bureau of Land Management. It is possible the railroads are holding more lands as a result of original land grants to them to entice them to build railroads across the United States, and that these lands might, through whatever modus, offer an avenue of wealth redistribution in the United States.
- Stepping up the United States land redistribution process might solve a number of problems:
- It might mitigate discomfort among the very wealthy here in America, regarding the potential for social unrest among the urban poor.
- It might offer a program that would foster the principles of hard work to provide for oneself a bright future, which has proven very effective in strengthening the moral fabric of America in times past.
- The ideals of sustainable living might be fostered in the newly distributed lands.
- A decrease in crowdedness of our large cities might give a financial boost to overworked community services, by removing the lower per capita income households from the cities and decreasing crowdedness.
- And the resultant improvement in per capita urban income might improve public services coffers … for example, those of law enforcement, fire department, water, power, street cleaning and trash collection. Funds from relief of demand for public services might be channeled into urban renewal, with reinstitution of city street paving and sidewalk repair (of which there has for some years been a negligible amount ongoing in Los Angeles, for instance), better public transportation, less commute congestion, more urban green spaces, and urban wildlife transportation corridors.
There is an edited Summary after the video …
VIDEO BY ALICE
SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.
I had a few more thoughts on the days of yore as compared to current times, that I thought I would share with you. It has to do with ways to soothe social unrest and ways to solve problems of distribution of wealth; very practical notions.
A long, long time ago, soon after Columbus discovered America, the royalty of England found a use for that continent that did not have to do with finding gold. In those days there were nobility in England that had many children. Some of those children had lands and means. But the youngest sons typically had none.
So there was a problem there, with regard to the youngest sons of nobility, because they were restless, and they wanted abundance. They wanted means, and they did not have them. They posed a potential threat to the ruling powers of England.
So the notion that was ingeniously concocted by the ruling powers was to send the youngest sons of the nobility, with a land grant, to the East Coast of America. They would then become landed gentry, and they would establish plantations and create their own wealth for themselves. Furthermore, they would be very far from the ruling powers of England; hence, unable to cause trouble.
So this was a manner of distribution of wealth, and a way of creating new wealth, for those who had none, in England. And this applies today … in a different format; but there is the same difficulty today in what is now the United States.
In the large cities, there are numbers of restless people who, for whatever reason, have nothing. I would not blame it on the problem that is termed the ‘immigrant problem’, which is part of the worldwide wealth and abundance creation problem that remains to be solved on New Earth.
I would not term it the ‘immigrant problem’, because there are many people in the large cities of America today who are not immigrants … and many also who are immigrants … who have nothing. In other words, there is a very large class of people who are very, very poor.
These people pose a problem to the ruling elite of America. Here in America, the ruling elite comprises not kings and queens, and not the United States government. What it is, is the very wealthy, the heads of corporations, and that sort; the people who have most of the wealth.
The entertainment industry, for instance, has some very wealthy people. And there is old wealth here too, I feel. So there are a few people that have a lot of money, and who are threatened by the people in the cities who have nothing at all.
I have a proposal; I ask that you just take a look at this notion: We have in the United States a huge amount of land that is held by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as the result of an old deal that took place between the railroad companies and the government, for the development of railroads across the United States, so as to connect the East Coast with the West Coast.
Technically, this land belongs to the Bureau of Land Management; but today, I would propose that some compensation might be made to them for this land, and that an offering might be made, of free or inexpensive land, to these people who are in the large cities, and might relocate to an environment of sustainable living in the BLM lands.
What would happen, then, is that those that have great wealth, in the cities, would gain some measure of security against social unrest. And it would be a double win, because those who have nothing would then have something.
In a manner of speaking, it is a conceivable method of redistributing wealth. So, something to look at. I am sure there are other notions too; but this, I feel, is a very intriguing notion.
In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
Citation: “Taking Back Our Land: A History of Land Grant Reform,” by George Draffan, Public Information Network, in “Railroads and Clearcuts: Legacy of Congress’s 1864 Northern Pacific Railroad Land Grant,” by Derrick Jensen, George Draffan, John Osborn, Inland Empire Public Lands Council, 1 July 1995, available at http://www.amazon.com ..
Image: “My Public Lands Roadtrip: New National Conservation Lands Maps Online for Your BLM Roadtrip” … https://www.flickr.com/photos/mypubliclands/19015690271 … Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic … DESCRIPTION: Lake in an arid region, reflecting blue sky and white clouds
Image: “Map of the United States Exhibiting the Grants of Lands Made by the General Government to Aid in the Construction of Railroads and Wagon Toads,” by John Wesley Powell, 1834-1902, Government Printing Office, in David Rumsey Map Collection: Cartography Associates … http://www.davidrumsey.com/rumsey/Size4/D5005/2347010.jpg … public domain. A bigger version of this image is here … http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~254973~5519557:Map-of-the-United-States-exhibiting ..
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