Sunday, July 5, 2009

Altas Burden

If you claim to own
the Bridge that I
must cross to obtain food to live,
do I - - -

1. Stay where I am and die.
2. Sell myself into bondage to you for access to food.
3. Take the Bridge from you by force.
Is property ownership a right or is it a privilege to be mitigated for the general welfare of all. Does Government get its power from the governed or the owners of property. Did the King own the colonies or did the colonist have a right to challenge the King's authority in order to benefit themselves.

When I was a young college student, fresh out of my Draft induced service to my Nation in the US Air Force,
I was a devoted follower of Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged)and her economic philosophy. I still believe that extra
effort and ability must be rewarded with extra benefit.

But I do not believe that the privilege of ownership carries the right to impose bondage upon others. Every person deserves an opprotunity to serve and the right to receive benefit from society. Privilege to private use of public property is not free. The greater the reward of that privilege the greater the obligation to aid in the survival of your fellow man.

Our National village is not predicated upon Master & Servant, but rather Privilege & Service. Capitalism is the engine of our society, but Democracy is the vehicle. Commonwealth is the price charged by the Nation for the priviledge of personal pleasure or gain from private use of Soveriegn property. A Commonshare dividend is the reward of every citizen for the priviledge of private use.