This is more than just the broadening of the tax base. It is the attempt to control the food supply and get a grip on what is left of independence and food freedom.
In an article in the Irish Examiner their European Correspondent revealed that the EU Commission is suggesting to the Irish Government to broaden property taxes to include farmland, development land and derelict sites.
This is more than just the broadening of the tax base. It is the attempt to control the food supply and get a grip on what is left of independence and food freedom. We just have to look at the US, where in many parts it is now illegal to capture rain water, plant own food in your garden, share self grown food with neighbours. People owning farmland still have a certain degree of independence as they can grow their own food and if they manage their plot of land sensibly (i.e. permaculture) they and their family can survive. By taxing farmland this remaining independence from the state and big corporations is under threat. With the insiduous tax system it is possible to drive people off their land as taxes can be adjusted in such a way that only big agribusinesses hand in hand with multinational seed and so called bio-engineering companies (like the giants Monsanto, Bayer, Dupont and Syngenta) can survive while the small and independent farmer is forced into bankruptcy. An excellent article on this subject was published on this blog recently.
The same can be said for drinking water. The creation of the private company Irish Water is the attempt to control another life neccessity – water. The installation of water meters and introduction of water charges goes much deeper than to create revenue. A recent article on this site describes how big banks and investment firms are buying up drinking water resources all over the planet. Again it is all about control.
The current paradigm of economics is that of permanent growth. Current economics are a Ponzi scheme as without permanent growth the whole system would grind to a halt and collapse. That is why life neccessities like farmland (food) and water are becoming commodities as more and more needs to be traded to prolong the functioning of the current system. In the public discourse nobody (except a few ‘treehuggers’ whose insights are brushed aside) seem to notice that infinite growth is simply impossible on a finite planet with finite resources. But we must not think that those who have created this paradigm and are benefiting from it are unaware of this dilemma. They have thought about how the current paradigm of growth can be replaced. The UN Agenda 21 is one of the results of their thinking. It involves the control of populations, micromanagement of what access they are ‘granted’ to life neccesities like food, water and living space. And it involves the depopulation of the planet, which is currently underway by poisoning of the environment in numerous ways like starvation, undermining the immune systems, wars, weather warfare. Countless institutions, agencies, academics, think tanks, governments and even ‘charities’ are knowingly or unknowingly involved. Most people working there may think they are doing the right thing. Thus the effort to expose the heinous global agenda of a few to the detriment of all others and life in general must continue.
This agenda is not the one most people on this planet wish for. They want to share the resources of the planet and to carefully manage them for the benefit of all life including future generations. The current system depends on consent to function. Though the resistance to water meters, taxes on farmland and homes, fracking, environmental destruction and wars is important to wake people up and to unite around these issues, it is not enough. We have to reach a point where people see through the agenda and turn their back on a system that does not care for life but exploits it and endangers survival. This is only possible if the isolation and fear most people live in now is challenged and viable alternatives of living are created. This is where those who see through these machinations should focus their thinking and efforts. Together we have to rethink what we want for a fulfilled and meaningful life, what we need and do not need, in what areas we should grow, how we can develop a balance between our needs and the planet. But paramount is the withdrawal of our individual consent from what is happening and the taking of steps to become more independent from the institutions of society in all areas of life. This is much easier if we get together, live more closely together and co-operate to find a new way.