You have no doubt heard the WEF’s slogan about our future – the one (not far from now) in which we will “own nothing and be happy.”
We’ve been living in that future for at least 100 years. The future envisioned by the WEF is thus merely an elaboration of the past – and present.
Well, let’s see!
Does anyone in this country own the home they live in – the land on which it sits? Certainly, many regard themselves as “homeowners” and “landowners.” But is this accurate? It may well be that they have “paid off” their house – and land – by which is meant they have paid the seller or the bank the purchase price of the property.
But who actually owns the property?
Is the home-and-land-owner obliged to pay money in perpetuity in order to continue living on the property even after he has “paid it off”? The answer is one well-known to everyone who believes he is the “owner” of a home or land in this country. In fact, he is a kind of renter – in the manner of a Medieval serf – who is permitted to occupy the home/land so long as he continues to make payments to its actual owner, the lord. Or – in our case – the government – which (just like the lord, in Medieval times) has the legal power to seize the home/land for non-payment.
It is a logical absurdity to style a person whose supposed “property” can be seized for failing to make payments on it after he has paid for it as the “owner” of it. The fact that our homes are generally much nicer than the small straw-thatched huts of the Medieval serf is beside the point. The fundamental relationship is the same.
It is a legal impossibility for anyone in this country to ever truly own their home/land, with the possible exception of a very small number of people – probably not even in the hundreds, if that – who possess allodial titles to their homes and land. The italicized word refers to a very old form of unencumbered land title, meaning the person who possesses it is “independent of any superior landlord,” i.e., the government – which has the legal power to tax it and seize it (what is styled “eminent domain”) as well as to dictate terms and conditions of its use.
Allodial title would mean actual ownership – as defined by not being obliged to pay anyone a cent to continue living in your house, on your land, once that house and land were paid-for. It would mean being able to say no to anyone who wanted to buy your property – including the government, which would not have any power to “eminent domain” (that is, seize) it and contemptuously toss a few dirty dollar bills at you in “compensation.”
We do not enjoy allodial title to the homes and lands we think we “own” because our owners do not want us to own anything of substance, especially a home and even more so land – because these things confer more than merely ownership; they establish the kind of freedom most Americans have utterly forgotten they once enjoyed. To own land is to be the opposite of a serf. It is precisely why land-owning was considered the defining characteristic of nobility in Medieval times. In German, a baron is a freiherr – a free lord. The notorious King John of Robinhood fame was mocked in his time (and before he became a king) as John Lackland because he had been dispossessed of land by his father, Henry II.
He who owns land owns himself. He is lord of his fief. No one else may lawfully trespass upon his land, much less demand money from him – that is to say, rent – as the price of his being permitted to continue living on his land. A home/landowner – in the allodial sense – is, moreover, free of the need to perpetually generate income to pay rent. This is of inestimable importance. It means such a man is not beholden to any job or form of employment and for that reason is utterly immune from the economic pressure that is so routinely applied to us serfs to compel our obedience that we have become almost unconscious of it.
Many of us actually sign up for more serfdom – in the form of Homeowner’s Associations – a term almost as preposterous as “contributing” to Social Security. These “homeowners” (sic) cannot even plant a tree on what they pitifully consider to be “their” land without first having obtained the by-your-leave of the actual owners.
But none of us are truly the owners of anything more substantive than the clothes we wear and perhaps a few small items of personal property, the latter being the only form of property we are allowed to own without encumbrance.
We are, thus, in fundamentally the same position already that the WEF intends to make explicit by eliminating even the pleasant delusion that we own anything other the shirts on our backs – which is all have actually owned for our entire lives, the lives of our parents and grandparents, too.
We are all “lacklands” – and laughing stocks – for believing otherwise.
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