Let’s Talk About ‘Public’ Land
by Eric Blair, Activist Post:
Conveniently hidden in the noise of the Bundy Ranch standoff is the heart of the issue: property rights and use of government-owned land. With the federal government going on a land-grab spree of late, it’s time we have a frank discussion about “public” land.
What is it? Who owns it? What’s it used for? What rights do citizens have to use it?
Back in feudal times peasants weren’t allowed to forage in the king’s forest. Those caught poaching to feed their families were put to death. It was considered stealing private property from the king himself, not the kingdom as a whole, no matter how big his forest grew. No one claimed it hurt other peasants to take from the king. Yet, today, we are to believe that foraging on government land somehow hurts the kingdom.
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