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  •  Food stamps are also an indirect subsidy (2+ / 0-)
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    to the food processing and distribution industries and a secure revenue stream for the grocery stores.
    Neither dollar bills, coupons nor plastic cards are edible. Indeed, debit cards and credit cards are simply alternate currencies, making the same difference as whether a person writes with ink on paper, carves letters in stone or sends electronic blips from a computer. All are using symbols to communicate information, relationships or obligations.
    The cons, one suspects, do not perceive relationship and obligation. What they get is ownership, having something else as their own and holding on to it. What they have has to be conserved because without it, they are nothing.
    Think of it as comparable to
    "you are what you eat."
    "you are what you consume."
    "you are what you own."

    The ownership society. It's where Dubya felt at home. "I am because I own."

    owe and own

    Look what a difference one letter, one symbol makes!

    "I owe" sits at the nexus of past and future and anticipates completing an act, a transaction. "I own" is static, not even an end point.
    In the beginning, EuroAmericans traded their properties (the basis of human rights) for the right to own others as property. And that bargain persists in the parental right to own children, in the interest of which ownership right, a woman's right to privacy and bodily integrity is to be dismissed.

    Who owns the sperm that fertilized the egg? It is a legal question? Much of our jurisprudence is focused on ownership.
    We say our natural rights are God-given. The petty pols respond, "then let God enforce them."
    I think Obama made reference to that concept in his inaugural speech. I'll have to check. The whole thing was pretty much a challenge to the cons.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 05:09:13 AM PST

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      Thank you for writing this. It ties together economics, owning, owing. Very nice -- and quite eloquent.

      For some reason it reminded me of my favorite scene from "A Man for all Seasons" -- "Arrest him because he's bad. He's broken God's Law." "Well then let God arrest him. Our nation is planted thick with laws..." But just watch it. It's only about a minute long. That's Sir Thomas More (who later in the movie defies Henry VIII and is executed), at dinner with his wife, his daughter, and his daughter's fiance (or husband?). They're arguing about arresting a man:

      It gives me shivers just to hear this speech. When I hear people who argue in favor of torture or against habeas corpus (because "those people are bad!"), I think of this speech.

      "Yes, I'd give the devil  benefit of law for my own safety's sake." Bam! That sums it up in one sentence.

      “If you misspell some words, it’s not plagiarism.” – Some Writer

      by Dbug on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 08:03:39 PM PST

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