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Justice for Land Use

The use of land is an absolute necessity for every living organism on earth. Food, shelter, and clothing come from it. In addition to basic needs, a multitude of purposes exist and denying access to them causes abuse, not against the land itself but against those who need it to live.

In the history of people, governments have controlled land use. Feudalism provided Europe's nobility estates and a hierarchy of lords and vassals to control ownership, the Caste system determined use by a person's family heritage, while communism sought to abolish private property making all land public and thus under total government control.

For an example of a somewhat opposite perspective: a new country of just a few hundred years, the United States of America, formed a union bound by a professional agreement, a pact, and a promise which was made available to every person. With human rights protected, the individual land caretaker became free to make full use of their creativity. A whole society emerged with a sense of justice, a quality of lawfulness, and connection to the earth. People do not own land forever, no one can do that, instead they require it for a time. Beyond providing basic life support, questions arise from how and what to do with land. How should it be used by its “owners”?

When environmental concerns arise as perception of abuse against the land itself as if it was a separate entity from its users, does this mindset lead to thoughts that land needs to be taken care of by an elite group who is better qualified than the individual?

Is the concept of elite land control being revisited in modern environmentalism?

What do we do about the non-people inhabitants of earth and how should they be maintained?

Is what is good for all good for everyone?

JFLU.ORG seeks to find, discuss, and bring all opinions together so that we may find: Justice for Land Use.

The true story of Ochopee

Politicians contended for prestige beneath an environmental spotlight while government agencies pushed their personal land grab agendas on the hopeful South Florida community of Ochopee. Since the 1920s pioneering families came to the area with the common belief of making a life in an America free from oppression: an airboat and swamp buggy venture, tomato farmers, restaurants, bars, a general store, a campground, and a motel. When environmentalists in league with government came to take, it was the common person, the one who scrambled every day to feed their family who suffered. The only one with a stake in it, they had something to lose.

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