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    from the post is that our legislative bodies have been in the business of doling out property rights to individuals and corporate bodies for centuries. It is a continuation of the expropriation and exploitation that was started by the granting of "titles" to land in the Americas by the crowned heads of Europe, who backed up their gifts with military might.
    What is happening to present-day landowners is a continuation of the original sin -- the substitution of property rights, which legislative bodies can give and take, for individual human rights. The God-given rights get lip service, but property rights win out every time. How else would slave traders have been able to sell humans?

    Anyway, the solution to this injustice lies in our legislative bodies. That these bodies are not particularly responsive to the electorate can be traced to the fact that until the latter part of the 20th Century, most people were precluded from participating in the selection of our law makers. Then too, there's a perception, assiduously promoted, that the law is an autonomous entity with which legislators have little contact. Precedent reinforces that perception in the courts. The tyranny of the law is hardly addressed. But, that's exactly why the "rule of law" is so popular with dictators and authoritarians.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun May 19, 2013 at 06:00:59 AM PDT

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