Occupy The Land - Use Proper Law
A note to the Squatters at Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England
“All Strength to You, Squatters!”
I was once, in London (1976-78) squatting in a 3-storey block on Harrow Road Paddington.
Now, I live “feral” in Australia's forests.
In the interim, I studied Economic Science and Philosophy, and found profound things about how things are, and how they should be.
One, is that virtually none of the western world operates on Proper Land Law.
This can be dated back to 15th century England (1475 Land Enclosure Act), when the land occupancy laws changed forever, in-the-main, it seems, to satisfy the Catholic church's hunger for everyone else's land.
Other important reasons also lay behind the decision, though. One was that someone realised the land was not being made proper use of, and that the structures of feudalism were not in the long run helpful for the larger population.
But there were equally good and bad reasons for both feudalism, and for a change to how the people used the, their land.
Nevertheless...., some 533 years on, most of us have become aware that something about how we relate to the Great Mother Eartha has to change, and that those archaic laws are now well passed their effective “use-by-date”.
The problem is those laws have spread globally, and are used by the elite landowners, such as Britain's “lords” to stay,, quite dishonourably, as-it-happens, on top of the human pyramid.
While I'm fully onside with the now Global OCCUPY Movement, I understand why the Squatters at Forest of Dean prefer to distinguish the Squat from Occupy, albeit that they are effectively pushing for very similar changes, corrections to how we live on the planet.
My suggestion to the Forest's Squatters, as it is for the Occupy Champions, is to prepare your legal argument to include a scientific challenge to the present laws of the land.
While down-here-down-on-the-bottom, in Astrayliar, we only have “kangaroo courts” which refuse to allow the public to address such matters with factual evidence. The police, sadly, supported by our often quite insane lawyers (insane, but very wealthy! But we're all nuts down under!) here depend almost wholly upon fabrications of both evidence, and fabricated laws upon which to base and lay charges, more often against innocent people than most are aware.
As we're still, in effect, Britain's colony, so exist under her orb of legalities, I assume that Britain is belaboured by similar distortions of legal foundations.
But, I do, strangely enough, still have a high regard for English, or, British law, and in that, am of the belief that the British law court system, given a properly constructed legal case, will listen to such as the Forest of Dean Squatters' points?
Properly researched and constructed, a good legal team could quite simply put together a case against the present laws which allow such as the county council to evict the Forest of Dean Squatters, by referring to Economic Science, and that the “most honest tax” as our last right-wing PM John Howard was once recorded as calling it, “land tax” is the right and proper method one, of government, local, county (or state) and national/federal revenue collection, two, of ensuring a sound local and national economy, three, of eliminating poverty, which hinges almost totally upon homelessness, to be interpreted as landlessness, four, of dramatically improving productivity, especially of the essentials, as the article recognises, of (homegrown) food and shelter, even clothing from such as “hemp”, etc., five of nearly completely eliminating the barrow-load of unjust and debilitating taxes on production and on living itself.
The list of benefits gained by all goes on.
The crucial point is that the problems the Squatters recognise in our current awry economic and cultural systems, which have in fact been the cause of so many of our social, cultural and personal maladies, have their roots in such as the 1475 Land Enclosure Act, and the right of the People, to even just occupy the land in a sound way.
It is the same astray laws which enable your (and most-all) county councils to issue eviction notices to those (Squatters) who are in most every area of “life” fully aware of the wrong ways and right ways to live, on earth.
So..., as the Global OCCUPY Movement brings such issues to the fore, firstly in media, but soon enough in the courts, so can the Forest of Dean Squatters challenge the errant legal foundations.
Not, as all of human history tells us, by unleashing the dogs of war, but by introducing the Economic Facts, the Scientific Evidence of “Honest Economics” if-I-may, into the courts' system.
Over the last 120 or so years, these facts have quietly been spread across the globe, by dedicated, and extremely intelligent Economists, Economic Scientists, who, as I, saw a roaring gap between Justice, and the way things are.
In a recent letter to the Global OCCUPY Movement, I put it that, as a Righteous Economist put in a TV interview, (which I merely pass on to your good selves), occupying the stock exchanges etc in city centres is great media fodder, but a more precise protest would be to OCCUPY the chambers and offices of the universities economic's departments.
Because these halls of learning are where the false economic doctrines and dogma are honed, fabricated, distilled, spread and taught to those who become speculators on the current extremely crooked financial, economic system. Accountants, economic advisers, stock market players, et al.
But back to Forest of Dean...., I define Law as having it's original and most fundamental basis in what I call “Environmental Law”.
No doubt, the Squatters (perhaps all squatters?) have arrived at the same truth.
So, if we live according to Environmental Law, that-is living in Harmony with the ecology, ecosystem, etc., we can not go wrong (ask any Aborigine!), and that, the world faces so many deadly events, purely because we have ignored those fundamental Environmental Laws.
This is not pie-in-the-sky legal dreaming. All of it can be proven as fact.
What comes from this, once we satisfy the court that our evidence is irrefutable, is that the laws which enable the councils and higher government and private land owners, to evict tenants and squatters and people who live Properly on the land, by being Green, 1, (vego, 2!) honest, 3, and know the law, 4, are false, untrue, therefore have no credence.
Therefore, m'laird, the council eviction notices are invalid, and, indeed, unlawful!
These things have been known since before time began. But of course, it is not Heaven, and we have (since 1788 in Astrayliar) been ruled by the powerful landowners of the world, brutal and ever able to pay thugs in food or land for their brutality against people who merely, and quite rightfully, want a piece of land upon which to grow food, build shelter and raise a family.
But as long as the facts are kept out of the courts, nothing is corrected.
Now, with the Global Occupy Movement, and such as the recent “Dale Farm” situation in Essex, and your Forest of Dean Squat, these facts, this evidence can be heard in the courts.
We'd have to expect the lower courts would have to refer any such cases, if you can put a tight case to them, to the higher, indeed, the highest courts, such as the Supreme Court, but here lives the opportunity to redress the errors of passed judgements and laws, and one, ensure the Forest of Dean Tenancy and Educational Centre is granted it's due rights, to stay, increase and teach what we all most need to know, and two, correct the larger, terribly awry laws which are behind the innumerable corruptions making the future so miserable.
I guess it all hinges upon finding the best legal representation you can?
All the best!
Omaxa bin Eartha
for GLOBAL Land, Tax & Environmental