Tuesday, January 18, 2011

America, Freeeeest Land on Earth

It started when I was reading on Wikipedia about Matilda of Flanders... and how did that even start?  I mean, how did I get started reading it.  
According to legend, when William… sent his representative to ask for Matilda’s hand in marriage, she told the representative that she was far too high-born to consider marrying a bastard. After hearing this response, William rode from Normandy to Bruges, found Matilda on her way to church, and dragged her off her horse by her long braids, threw her down in the street in front of her flabbergasted attendants, and rode off.  Another version of the story states that William rode to Matilda’s father’s house in Lille, threw her to the ground in her room (again, by the braids), and hit her (or violently battered her) before leaving. Naturally, Baldwin took offense at this but, before they drew swords, Matilda settled the matter by agreeing to marry him, and even a papal ban on the grounds of consanguinity did not dissuade her. They were married in 1053.
And then what happened?  A clickable encyclopedia is sure a fun thing. 

There's a hundred reasons why America is not a free country.  I don't think many even claim it is, any more.  The phrase "it's a free country" it still used to make a point. 
I don't mind America!  I'd rather live here than anywhere else I know of.  Only I prefer things to be labelled AS THEY ARE.  
No patience with pretense, unless it's obvious pretense... and don't let that one get started.

Anyway.  Something I clicked led to something which led to something else and here we are:



There can be no pretense of freedom while we're under the feudal system. 

    Allodial title constitutes ownership of real property… that is independent of any superior landlord. In common legal use, allodial title is used to distinguish absolute ownership of land by individuals from feudal ownership, where property ownership is dependent on relationship to a lord or the sovereign… “allodium” is “land which is absolute property of the owner, real estate held in absolute independence, without being subject to any rent, service, or acknowledgment to a superior. It is thus opposed to “feud.”

    True allodial title is rare, with most property ownership in the common law world– primarily, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Republic of Ireland– described more properly as being in fee simple. In particular, land is said to be “held of the Crown” in England and Wales and the Commonwealth realms. In England, there is no allodial land, all land being held of the Crown; in the United States, all land is subject to eminent domain by the federal government, and there is thus no true allodial land.

    In English law, a fee simple… is an estate in land, a form of freehold ownership. It is… ordinarily the most complete ownership interest that can be had in real property short of allodial title, which is often reserved for governments. Fee simple ownership represents absolute ownership of real property but it is limited by the four basic government powers of taxation, eminent domain, police power, and escheat…
Stop paying your property taxes and you’ll find out quickly enough who owns that land.

My daddy always told me that a true RIGHT is not subject to taxation or regulation. We still have the right to breathe. There’s no oxygen tax and no limit to how much we can do it, no regulation, no license required.  For anybody else to interfere with us breathing is a crime.  Okay, then breathing passes the right test.

Does anything else?

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