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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/10872/a-farmer-fights-for-freedom/

A Farmer Fights for Freedom

October 20, 2009 by

Joe Blattner didn’t complain about what others were doing or receiving; he simply asked for his inherited privilege of farming his own land in his own way, with the right to sell the product of his own hands in a free market. FULL ARTICLE by Ivan H. Cy Peterman

{ 9 comments }

Mike October 20, 2009 at 9:18 am

This pisses me off so much.

Which is why it’s important to see stories like this.

Patrick Mahoney October 20, 2009 at 11:08 am

Hey Mike,
Very much agreed.

We often hear impassioned pleas for government to step up and save the small farmer at home and abroad. Often, the public is swayed by portraying a wholesome way of life as being under attack by the forces of modernism (a very “Grapes of Wrath”-like sentiment). Whether a small poultry farm in Canada, a coffee-bean plantation in Ecuador, or a sugarcane field in Africa, the moral necessity of saving the small farmer is seen as self-evident. I also recognize this necessity.

Which is why the following need to be removed:
-subsidy of the production of all food(wheat and corn are particularly bad offenders).
-all price controls
-all production quotas, limits
-all federal regulation of interstate commerce

Furthermore, the bleeding-heart crowd may cry out that the farmers in the worst areas of the world need a hand-ie. a handout. Instead, lets do them a bigger favour-lets remove all quotas, tariffs, of their products at the border. They would be free to sell their product at a price that they choose. No longer would they be forced to compete against massive government subsidy. The price of all food goods would plummet, benefiting the local consumer immensely-sadly, farm lobbies and mega-agriculture firms would take huge hits. It seems that we have no issue helping others, as long as it is not by allowing them to freely live and produce. Far better to have them dependent on our charity, our ‘kindness’.

With the cost of food and living thus reduced, we could kill the minimum wage-perhaps by dropping it to 0$ over a 20 year time span. The north american worker would be affordable again, and unemployment would plummet.

Michael A. Clem October 20, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Yep, they often do things like farm legislation for the “family farmer”, which makes no economic sense anyway, but which in reality helps the big guys and not actual family farmers. All the more reason, however you look at it, to not have government interfere.

Deb T. October 20, 2009 at 2:35 pm

“….this is a suit against the United States and the United States has not consented to be sued as is required.”

Ruby Conn October 20, 2009 at 2:52 pm

“This is a suit against the United States and the United States HAS NOT CONSENTED TO BE SUED AS IS REQUIRED.” ??!! What insanity is this?

gene October 20, 2009 at 6:33 pm

fantastic story!

what is little realized, is that long term farm subsidies are buried in the site value and continually need to be increased.

if a farmer is “paid” to not plant or plant by the government, when he sells his land, the subsidy becomes part of the value and in essense, dissappears. it becomes “rent”.

so basically, we get land value on welfare.

gene berman October 20, 2009 at 9:56 pm

DEb T. and Ruby:

In Civics class in school (60 years ago), we were taught that suits against governments (at all levels, I believe) are not permitted to those of that specific jurisdiction because, technically, you’d be suing yourself. In such cases, permission must be sought (though from whom and in what manner, I couldn’t say). I also don’t know what avenue(s) might be open in the case that permission was denied but my guess is that there are such avenues.

A saying like “you can’t fight city hall” has been around a long time for a reason.

BioTube October 20, 2009 at 10:04 pm

“Sovereign immunity” is nowhere in the Constitution and would seem to be contradicted by the Tenth Amendment, which specifically states the people have rights beyond what is enumerated. But when has any tyrant freely allowed his blood to be offered to the cause of Liberty?

pegleg bates October 21, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Be on the lookout for the amber waves of grain.

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