Thursday, June 16, 2005

FREE TRADE/PEASANT PERILS

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Chinese peasants strike back again, driving off capitalist running dogs (heh, had to say that!)

Before WWII, America jealously guarded its own markets. Because of this, internal innovation flourished. Because our country had vast open farmlands wrest from the stoneage natives, the farming techniques and tools morphed very rapdily to exploit this. One thing that fueled a huge native industry was the need to make farm equipment to cut down on labor since there was a severe labor shortage in the new farmlands. Unlike Europe which had and still has fairly small farms with a long history of ownership restrictions, literally hedged in everywhere, American farms were open and expansive. The noble roots of the Republican party came from peasant riots and insurrection in the Albany area of New York, "Anti-rent Wars" as the van Rensselaer's reproduction of peasant leasing collapsed after the American Revolution.

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