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Serfs, slaves, peasants; these terms all describe people who have or had, no access to land or who lost their land to the rich and powerful of the Empire, usually through indebtedness. All land should be held in a Commons, for the equal benefit of all.

Since the rise of the domination-based Empire model for administering the human experiment approximately five thousand years ago, control of land has been key to separating the haves from the have-nots. Land for habitation, land for food production, land for nation building, land as investment and most damaging of all, land as a source of disposable resources. Humans used whatever means were necessary to acquire land and the power that comes from its control. As a result, populist uprisings and revolutions have been started throughout the reign of Empire by the landless or land-poor.

Under the present legal systems used by most "developed" countries, land is treated as a commodity for the use of humans who can afford to fulfill the legal reqirements of "ownership". Those who have "rights" to land wield power over every aspect of the lives of those who do not. In reality, no one has "rights" to land. Earth is the common heritage of every organism that inhabits it and land should be rightly considered as a commons for all - human and non-human alike. Access to land is absolutely required for the self-sufficiency of an individual or a group as habitation cannot be established, food cannot be grown and resources such as clay for pottery, wood for its myriad uses wild food and others cannot be obtained without unencumbered access to land.

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