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Michelle Van Loon - See all my reviews
This review is from: Who Owns the World: The Surprising Truth About Every Piece of Land on the Planet (Paperback)
Who Owns The World? The Surprising Truth About Every Piece of Land on The Planet is an encyclopedic accounting of land ownership on our globe. It is packed with fascinating facts: Did you know that Queen Elizabeth owns 1/6th of all the land on earth? Did you know that the largest private landowner in the U.S. is Ted Turner, who owns 1,800,000 acres of land? (Yes, all those zeroes belong in that number.) Have you ever heard of the British Indian Ocean Territory, a land area of 14,720 acres which is now believed to be used as a prison for those captured in the war on terror?
Though most of the 369-page paperback is devoted to information about who controls every square inch of land, authors Kevin Cahill and Rob McMahon explain their purpose in putting this book together:
This book asserts that the main cause of most remaining poverty in the world is an excess of landownership in too few hands. This book will also assert that private ownership of a very small amount on land - one-tenth of an urban acre or an acre or two of rural land - granted to every person on the planet has the potential to, and, I believe, begin ending poverty on a global basis. The book will go further and reassert that the right to the direct ownership of land is a fundamental human right.
After a 60-page introduction that unpacks these assertions, the remainder of the book surveys every country of the world, giving information about population, size, gross national income, percentage of land held by private owners, a line or two about the country's history, and an explanation of how the country is owned.
The book doesn't offer solutions to the inequalities presented in the book (a handful of kings, queens, sheiks, religious institutions and individuals control most of the land on earth) or do much to tackle the dicey issues of political and/or ethnic identity that have shaped most modern nation-states. But then again, it isn't meant to do so. Who Owns The World? tells a compelling, unsettling story with stats, and is an interesting reference tool for students and those
Credit and source: Michelle Van Loon www.amazon.com...
Originally posted by popsmayhem
He survived two tours in Iraq
facing more then a little flash bang.
This ain't nothing.
Originally posted by KingAtlas
The more I read about this, the more I feel the actual importance of this one man and the symbolism he represents.
This was one occurence I am sure no one thought of when this all began to play out.
What happened to this one man could very well change the results of this whole movement.
I now truly believe that when we look back, as informed people, we will remember what one thing changed the event from being almost dismissed and ridiculed to being taken very seriously.
The Scott Olsen incident will go down in history, and one day we may be telling the young people what happened, and that we lived it.edit on 27-10-2011 by KingAtlas because: G&S
Originally posted by 29INFDIV
From one to another, civi's don't understand who we fight for when it is all on the line; each other.
Originally posted by TheCounselor
reply to post by TheCounselor
Sorry, found a good video youtu.be...edit on 28-10-2011 by TheCounselor because: (no reason given)
I'm amazed to see people pick up the smoke containers and toss them back over the line. Some look like they didn't flash explode yet before the people rush at them to toss them back.
edit on 28-10-2011 by TheCounselor because: Amazement at Smoke Bomb retoss.
Originally posted by SecondAmendmentUser
Notice to the elite tyrannical criminal rulers.... you must vacate the nation immediately! Pack your bags and be on your way, you may not get another notice.
Originally posted by Whateva69
OK let’s put it this way for you. You have a few hundred people sitting around quietly protesting in the park.
What are you gonna do? Gas them out and then let them move into the streets?