[Homestead] Homesteading as an Economic Basis
erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Fri Dec 12 13:35:28 EST 2008
bob ford wrote:
> If those three things are threatened, we are thereby, as we used to
> say, grabbed by the short hairs. We are in distress immediately and
> we will expend whatever reserves we have or agree to go into slavery
> ... eh ... I mean debt ... to relieve us of that distress.
> ****** james, you know that I have been trying to understand this
> part of your economic philosophy, which is shared by many in other
> communities. But, I keep coming back to the idea, that if we live in
> an economy that it based on debt; why would we should to participate
> in that economy without using debt. Now, I've said before that I
> have remained debt-free for almost all of my life. I have only used
> very short-term debt as leverage.
Bob, speaking for myself, debt is like the chains of slavery. It takes
away my freedom. Perhaps since you have only had short term debt and
are generally debt free, you do not feel this oppression? I recently
rec'd my own bailout of sorts. I received a truck as a gift. I am
still reeling. For me that is a HUGE weight off my shoulders because
that means I probably won't have to have a car payment for the next
10-15 years if I am lucky...I am still, almost two weeks after the gift,
coming to terms with what that freedom means for me in the coming years.
It takes away so many worries.
Anyway, when I am in debt, I feel like I am underwater...I can see the
surface above me, but can't get up there to get a breath. So, I live
within that economy based on debt, and I long, more than long, gasp for
the freedom that being debt free allows.
“Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to
hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Yoda
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