Private Feudalism

Is Feudalism via Private Citizens Any Better than Feudalism via the Nobility?

How Much Land Should an Individual Private Citizen or Private Entity Be Allowed to Own?

The Founding Fathers we’re happy to escape feudalism. They set up protections so that land owned by private citizens could not be taken by the government or by other private citizens. (We’ll conveniently ignore eminent domain for this discussion.)

But what happens when private citizens/entities become the feudal land barons, taking more land than they need to live/work on, and using that excess land to charge rents to those in need of land? Should there be limits on the amount of land an individual private citizen or a private entity can own?

While the abundance of open land at the time our country was forming (conveniently ignoring the land controlled at that time by indigenous peoples) rendered these questions irrelevant, Thomas Jefferson did have the forsight to see that a return to feudalism, via private citizens, could one day come to fruition. In a 1785 letter to James Madison, Jefferson proposed a geometric property tax that would take the economic incentive out of hoarding land for the purpose of charging rents.¹

The lack of limits to the amount of land an individual private citizen/entity can own in the United States is a loophole that is fundamental to the housing crisis, to inequality, and, together with the Fed & mortgage industry, to our economic boom & bust cycles. Attempting to address any of these problems without fixing the feudal loophole is, well, futile.

So the question of the day is: How much land should an individual private citizen/entity be allowed to own? Should there remain no limit – one citizen/entity potentially owning all of the private land in the country? Or should, as was Abraham Lincoln’s view, one citizen/entity only be allowed to own the land he/she/it is physically living and/or working on?² Or should the limit be somewhere between the two? If so, what should that limit be?

1. The Founders’ Constitution, Volume 1, edited by Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2001), Chapter 15, Document 32.
2. Robert Browne, Abraham Lincoln and the Men of His Time, Volume 2, (Cincinnati, Jennings & Pye, 1901), 89-90.

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Express It or Repress It! Healing Happens

Lea - Doug & Dorien Sippy CupAn essay chronicling a journey of healing

By Doug Johnson

Express It or Repress It!
Repressed Expression Leads to Violence, Disease and Depression.
Expressed Repression Leads to Wholeness, Healing and the  Soul’s Liberation. 

I’m a big fan of expression.  Not only have I found it to be fundamental to living a healthy and happy life, but I found it to be the cornerstone of my own healing.  You can’t heal what you can’t express.  Expression is the vessel within which the aspects of ourselves that are in need of healing are able to travel from the unconscious into the subconscious and can then permeate consciousness…where true healing is possible.

Throughout the course of our lives we repress, conceal, excommunicate, disenfranchise, fail to honor, and attempt to completely snuff out different aspects of ourselves in order that our basic needs, such as love, affection, and attention, may be met.  These repressed aspects of ourselves don’t die or completely disappear.  Instead, they fester inside of us, often wreaking havoc in our lives to get our attention.  They can make us ill, whether emotionally, mentally, physically, and/or spiritually.  They can manipulate and destroy any aspects of our exterior lives.  We go on being “strong” just as we’ve been taught, trying to remain unaffected and forever ignoring our interior lives.  We become addicted to any assortment of unhealthy and even healthy things to keep ourselves from feeling what is going on inside of us.

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Bad Driver’s License Contest



Why is it that the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) seems to catch everyone in the midst of a bad face day? Doug Johnson decided to do something about it!! Check out Doug’s bad face days at the DMV.

In between Doug’s third and fourth victorious trips to the California DMV he decided to host the world’s first International Bad Driver’s License Contest. As fairness and equity are of tantamount importance to Doug, he immediately declared himself the Honorary Judge and excluded himself from the competition. The contest will be held on his Doug the Drummer website as well as his Facebook Musician/Band Photos Page –

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