The Environmentalists’ Police and Welfare States

The statist-environmentalist takeover of American farms is now evident.  It starts with vast subsidies that certain farms receive from the government.  The Environmental Working Group website identifies this farmer welfare, often with large farms receiving the most welfare.

The takeover is also seen with agricultural and conservation easements, where large tax breaks go to groups such as the PEC, the people who donate land into such easements, and even the people who buy property subject to such easements.  These and other government subsidies come with conditions that both slowly and quickly destroy private property rights.  Government squeezes out private interests in property using bribery, corruption of the law, and then police state tactics.

That such tactics are targeted at farms and farming comes with a host of other issues, including government control over our food sources.  For a terrific description of these issues, I recommend Joel Salatin’s Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories From the Local Food Front.  If ObamaCare’s control over our health care system is dangerous, just think what government can do by controlling our food sources.

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