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  • Randy
    I a regulated society, ownership and control are not one and the same. Randy ... manufacturing company.
    Message 1 of 25 , Oct 4, 2004
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      I a regulated society, ownership and control are not one and the same.


      --- In freestateproject@yahoogroups.com, Mike Lorrey <mlorrey@y...> wrote:
      > --- Beth Jezik <bjezik@h...> wrote:
      > > Please tell me what the fsp intends to do with this reality. Or is
      > > this the
      > > idea of freedom in the new amerika?
      > > REPORT CARD
      > >
      > > Marx's 10 planks of the communist manifesto are alive and well in the
      > > USA as follows:
      > >
      > > 1) Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land
      > > to public purposes. *real estate* DONE
      > No, not done. Property taxes based on georgist principles are only
      > applicable if there is no public land. Today the government owns 40% of
      > all land in the US, creating an artificial scarcity.
      > Nor is property tax what Marx meant. Instead he meant that all leased
      > or rented property could only be leased or rented to people by the
      > state, i.e. Housing Projects. Government housing projects are in
      > retreat in many areas of the country. In NH, they are generally termed
      > "Section 8 Housing" and many communities are not approving any more
      > development of such housing, and are closing many exising ones down.
      > > 2) A heavy progressive or graduated income tax. *IRS* DONE
      > This was done long ago in the 50's. Reagan and Bush Sr de-progressified
      > this system from 50 tax brackets down to three or four. Serious
      > candidates like Steve Forbes have gained great credence in public
      > proposing 17% flat taxes. There is now serious talk about eliminating
      > the IRS completely in favor of a national sales tax. Part of this is to
      > make those who have successfully avoided or evaded taxes in increasing
      > numbers in the last decade start paying their allged "fair share" via
      > their consumption rather than but their income.
      > Furthermore, the last decade has seen a great increase in the number of
      > people who quantitatively pay little or no taxes. Virtually 50% of the
      > wage earners in the US pay no income tax after factoring in Earned
      > Income Tax Credit. While the EITC is also used for redistributionist
      > purposes without welfare bureaucracy, it is an improvement on welfare
      > but still wrong in its redistribution agenda.
      > > 3) Abolition of all rights of inheritance. *inheritance tax* DONE
      > Inheritance tax is not an abolition of ALL rights of inheritance, just
      > part.
      > Furthermore, abolition of death taxes have gained great support around
      > the country in recent years, while the threshold for liability for such
      > taxes has been raised significantly.
      > > 4) Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels. *non US
      > > citizen, "practicing without" license, registration or permit,
      > > terrorism*
      > > DONE
      > Civil forfeiture is certainly alive and well, and oppression of those
      > who refuse to ask the state for permission to travel and earn a living
      > certainly does occur, but such regulation is not unique to communism,
      > it dates back to the feudal era as well.
      > > 5) Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a
      > > national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly. *the
      > > federal reserve* DONE
      > Are all credit unions owned by the federal reserve bank? No, they
      > aren't.
      > > 6) Centralization of the means of communication and transport in he
      > > hands of the state. *commerce clause of the "constitution, state
      > > police, etc."* DONE
      > > (FCC)(DOT)
      > The FCC owns AT&T, MCI, Sprint, LCI, Verizon, Ameritech, SWBell, Sun
      > Bell, and every other phone company? No, they don't. Nor does the DOT
      > own every, or even any, airline, trucking, taxi, or car
      manufacturing company.
      > =====
      > Mike Lorrey
      > Chairman, Free Town Land Development
      > "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
      > It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
      > -William Pitt (1759-1806)
      > Blog: http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=Sadomikeyism
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