We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
When you look at 19th century America or 18th and 16th century Europe, all of a sudden it’ll become clearer that the thing that broke the back of poverty and privilege in developed countries in the past was when property rights came around and destroyed feudal title.
you mean the sharecropping that replaced slavery? an excellent choice for subsistence farming and frequent bankruptcy. one of the many failure of Reconstruction was the return of plantations to their owners, instead of redistribution.
The Poetry of Violence
There were no bankrupt sharecroppers in the South. Big Daddy owned the land while you owed his store and bank an ever growing amount (with interest) for seed, clothes, flour and BC powders. Failure to produce meant eviction and probable arrest for vagrancy thence to the road gang and/or lease back to Big Daddy as convict labor in the sawmill.