posted on Jul, 23 2018 @ 12:27 PM
So let's take a 6,400 acre plot of land. That is 10 sq miles. Let's say the land was virgin in 1700 and could be purchased for very little (maybe
5,000 pounds Stirling back then - maybe less depending on where it was). The land was covered with old growth trees, some 200ft+ tall and MASSIVE
diameters. The water was pristine, the soil was 30-50ft of the best top soil for farming - best the world had ever seen. Back then they also got the
mineral rights with the purchase so everything under the ground was theirs as well.
So the first generation decided that they wanted to build a lumber mill so they could clear some of the area to both mine and farm. These trees were
used to build ships, houses, barrels, warehouses, carts, and most everything else in the 1700's. It was also the main source of fuel (the
cuttings/bark/slabs/saw dust/etc were used while the bulk of the wood was used for equipment). They also made charcoal for the iron ore, metals and
The first farms produced at levels never seen before and today's output can't come close for natural soil, and it was all organic. They also
decided to dig mines/pits/quarries to extract things like iron ore, gold/silver/tin/copper/gems and later coal and a century later crude. The land
was so rich, land owners did everything they could to get workers there so they started indentured servants from England (often for very petty crimes,
often innocent people, who worked for a minimum of 7 years then they could return home but with no $$ they were stuck working as a "share cropper"
who had to give crops to the land owner at the land owners set price - basically enslavement in all but name). There were some that didn't use this
type of labor, though most did for some things, like working in the mines b/c they were dangerous. Skilled workers were often paid well and treated
well, just like a tool or machine is today - it is valuable b/c it makes you money.
So over the years, quarries were dug, limestone, sandstone, etc was extracted and used to build the surrounding buildings (and even transported to
England as ballast in ships if it was needed). The forests were eventually totally cut down and in some places they were replanted with the intention
of farming them when they matured. but a VAST fortune had already been made on the old growth timber alone (it is difficult to convey the size and
amount of lumber that was in the US at this time, magnitudes more than what was in Europe) This is what make the colonies boom for so many years.
So after the lumber was gone, mines tapped out, quarries loosing profitability (easy access had been greatly reduced), some land owners started
selling off plots of land to keep up with their life styles, but they might start keeping mineral rights when selling land. Or they would do things
like sell loads of top soil to other land owners where the soil was sub par (think those who live on the upper part /side of a mountain. This slowly
degraded the soil on their land and the farming was no longer as productive. My county in the 1700's was the top agriculture country in the US at
about 10% the size of the next biggest producer but producing about 80-100% output of the western county (and with only 10% of the farm land!) It was
truly the richest farm land in the world, and still is one of the top 2-4 in natural production.
But with each generation, the output of the land became worse for one reason or another. Eventually many had to rely on industries which they never
thought they would have to do, like production of firearms, clocks, silk, fabrics - all in mills and "sweat shops". This is because all the value of
the land had been slowly extracted decade after decade, making each generation rich (if they were smart they didn't spend it frivolously). This
continued to the early-mid 1900's when the massive wave of industrialization took over after WW1 and giant corporations popped up that polluted
everything, paid paltry wages (much like Walmart, Disney, Amazon today) and company towns were created and make slum conditions for employees close to
their work. No longer could the land support the people b/c it had been too greedily exploited for hundreds of years.
This continued till at least the 1970 where we found that corporate farmers were putting the small farmer out of business. While we still had some of
the most productive farm land in the world, the price of commodities was less than what it took to grow them (b/c large corp farms got huge subsidies
to off-set this). So farm land was sold to developers - houses, complexes, malls, shopping centers, and a once pristine farm land country turned into
suburban hell. Developers $$ reigned supreme from the 80's till current and we have lost farms that have been here for over 300 years! Farms that
were organic for 90-95% of that time (so the soil was EXCELLENT!)
So now the current generations, even if they get to inherit some of the land, there isn't much that can be done with it besides selling to a
developer (puke) or finding some niche organic crop to grow and that is a HUGE gamble. We all hear how we aren't hard working and it gets pointed
out how our ancestors made this land work for them, why are we so lazy and can't do it. Well, you've stripped the land bare, removed most of what
made it valuable, didn't fight large corporate subsidize so small farms are at a HUGE disadvantage and can survive basically only by signing
contracts with large food production corps where they get 100% of the farms output. A Dairy farmer can't even drink their own milk, they have to buy
it at the grocery store FFS!.
This is just a small example of what took place in my county, which was one of the most productive in the US for many decades (possibly centrists farm
wise).. Now it is struggling like never before, farmers are looked at as evil (because of the "smell" of cows, pigs, chickens, etc. by liberals
moving from the big city) and the new transplants from the city want to regulate farm smells which have been here since 1700 at least vs the 2-15 year
city slickers just moving from Philly, NYC, NJ, etc. The sad thing is that they seem to have a lot of political pull with the almost always
democratic mayor of the crime ridden city (used to be EXTREMELY low crime until 20+ years of Democratic mayors).
What people need to remember about the past successes of Americans is most happened before 5 million pages of tax code/environmental
regulation/ordinances/building laws/etc. and that there was an abundance of natural resources ripe to be "plundered" and provide a profit. Once
those have been removed, and the cost for everything increases b/c of government intervention then the chances of success fall precipitously along
with any hope of a better future until we do what needs to be done and "Hang em High, and Hang em Long!"