Appeal today if you think there’s more to land (or business)
and woods and fields and streams than money,
unlike the Tax Assessors, whose revaluation would drive development
into agricultural areas of the county where it doesn’t belong,
while avoiding populated areas such as the south side of Valdosta.
We can expect pipeline companies and utilities from other states
to think nothing of pillaging our lands for their profit.
We shouldn’t expect that of our neighbors whom we elected Tax Asssessors.
If you have affection for your land, your county, your neighborhood,
today’s the deadline
to appeal your valuation.
And there will be an election later.
As Wendell Berry said,
Whatever has happened in what economists call “the
economy,” it is generally true that the land economy has been
discounted or ignored.
Are the Tax Assessors boomers?
Are you a sticker?
Wendell Berry explains: Continue reading →
224 years ago today French citizens, mainly workers, stormed the
notorious prison the Bastille and released all the prisoners.
They did this in support of the National Assembly recently reluctantly
permitted by King Louis XIV, to gather arms, and because the Bastille
had a reputation for holding political prisoners who had spoken up
and then been locked up on the authority of lettres de cachet,
arbitrary royal indictments.
The next month that Assembly abolished feudalism
(which had permitted those lettres de cachet),
and then agreed on
The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 26 August 1789:
The representatives of the French people, organized as a National
Assembly, believing that the ignorance, neglect, or contempt of the
rights of man are the sole cause of public calamities and of the
corruption of governments, have determined to Continue reading →
There is one group of American workers so disenfranchised that
corporations are able to get away with paying them wages that rival
those of third-world sweatshops. These laborers have been legally
stripped of their political, economic and social rights and ultimately
relegated to second-class citizens. They are banned from unionizing,
violently silenced from speaking out and forced to work for little to
no wages. This marginalization renders them practically invisible, as
they are kept hidden from society with no available recourse to improve
their circumstances or change their plight.
They are the 2.3 million American prisoners locked behind bars where
we cannot see or hear them. And they are modern-day slaves of the 21st