1.4.1-7: Concluding Quotes

Module 1, Section 4.1-7

Concluding Quotes

4.1 James Fintan Lalor (1807 - 49), Irish patriot:

The Irish Famine of 1846 is example and proof. The corn crops were sufficient to feed the island. But the landlords would have their rents in spite of famine and in defiance of fever. They took the whole harvest and left hunger to those who raised it. Had the people of Ireland been the landlords of Ireland, not a human creature would have died of hunger, nor the failure of the potato been considered a matter of any consequence.

4.2 Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910), Russian author:

The land is common to all; all have the same right to it.

4.3 Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 -1882), American poet and essayist:

Whilst another man has no land, my title to mine, and your title to yours, is at once vitiated.

4.4 Patricia Mische, Co-Founder, Global Education Associations (contemporary):

The more we grow in awareness of our own sacred source, the more we discover that our own sacred source is the sacred source of each person and all that is in the universe.

4.5 Erik Eckholm, wrote in his World Watch monograph, The Dispossessed of the Earth … Land Reform and Sustainable Development:

Many of the international community's widely shared goals - the elimination of malnutrition, the provision of jobs for all, the slowing of runaway rural-urban migration, the protection of productive soils and ecologically vital forests -- are not likely to be achieved without radical changes in the ownership and control of the land.

4.6 Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826) author of the (American) Declaration of Independence wrote:

The earth is given as a common stock for men to labor and to live on... Wherever in any country there are idle lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right. Everyone may have land to labor for himself, if he chooses; or, preferring the exercise of any other industry, may exact for it such compensation as not only to afford a comfortable subsistence, but wherewith to provide for a cessation from labor in old age. (Notes on Virginia, 1791)

4.7 Henry George (1839 – 1897) author of Progress and Poverty:

The equal right of all men and women to the use of land is as clear as their equal right to breathe the air. It is a right proclaimed by the fact of their existence. For we cannot suppose that some men and women have a right to be in this world and others do not.