Money is the middleman in the resource conversion business. Let Resource Land Holdings in Colorado Springs explain their mission:
RLH was founded in 1998 to invest in agricultural, timber and mining properties in the U.S. Through partnerships with local brokers, operators and entrepreneurs, RLH invests in properties across a broad range of resource-rich asset classes. To date, RLH has organized and managed two separately funded entities as well as four private equity funds. Resource Land Fund I was capitalized with $20 million in committed equity and made its first investment in December of 2001. Resource Land Fund II was capitalized with $51 million in committed equity and made its first investment in July of 2003. Resource Land Fund III was capitalized with $175 million and made its first investment in March 2006. All three funds are fully invested. RLF IV had a final closing in August 2010 of $316 million in equity commitments.
In the olden days it was called “Buy cheap and sell dear.”
It supports authoritarianism.
It is absolutist.
It absolves individuals of responsibility.
It is fact-free.
It relies on compliance or coerced obedience.
It is contrary to the teachings of Christ.
How does it happen that Catholicism is nehilistic? By elevating the spirit or an idea over material reality. What we imagine over what we can touch.
Instead of doling out acreage for homesteaders, miners, ranchers and drillers, Capitol Hill disburses dollars to “secure the nation.” National security is big business. Dollars make it easier to follow the trail. Paragon Systems Inc. is one of the leadeds.
Paragon Systems Inc.
Are dollars for guards better spent than dollars for bullets?
Human husbandry comes in many flavors. The husbanded are all restrained, though not necessarily caged.
Carter’s blather deserved a response and James provided it.
Capitalism is, like authoritarianism, perverse. In the beginning, capital designated the surplus that woukd be saved for future use, rather than going to waste. Waste avoidance. That’s the ticket! However, capital mental concept, an idea, a figment of the imagination and, like many ideas, it has assumed an importance that has nothing to do with the reality to which it originally applied. The triumph of ideology. Humans assigning more importance to what they think than the reality they perceive. That is how they arrive at the notion of destroying a village in order to save it.
Down in Camden County, just north of the Florida border, three cities organized a Public Services Authority to manage recreation and parks facilities. They hired themselves a director and are now dismayed to find the Internal Revenue Service looking for taxes that have not been paid and independent audits that have not been compiled since 2002.
It has not been fast. Authoritarianism is always with us because people with few skills and little brain cling to fake authority to sustain themselves. Where do few skill and little brain come from? I suspect pre-natal or perinatal causes. Somehow, the link between the frontal brain and the rear goes missing and the result is that the processing function is missing or lost. Perhaps it is a matter of the limbic brain being deprived of the benefits of cognition. There is no feed back and no real learning.
Why do we miss it? Verbal acuity, which relies on imitation and repetition, masks a lot of deficits. Also, and here the authoritarian perception is correct, competent people are always ready, willing and able to help. The exploited do not mind. It does not even bother tham that the authoritarians consider them to be suckers. Competent people are creative and do not care that other people are not. Their commitment to creation is just as intense as the authoritarians’ commitment to manipulation. The only difference is that creativity has material limitations while authoritarian manipulation is boundless.