Re: [FSP] Obstacles to Becoming a Participant?
- I a regulated society, ownership and control are not one and the same.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
> 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
> > 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
> 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."
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