Skip to comments.Naughty children to be registered as potential criminals
Posted on 11/25/2001 1:24:43 PM PST by Servant of the Nine
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Ahh. The myth of the noble yeomen rears its head. The poor didn't suffer from disease, overwork and malnourishment when they lived "on the land?"
I think you have a somewhat romantic view of what life was like for for the lower strata of village people prior to industrialization.
Child labor and most of the other evils of the early industrial system merely became concentrated and therefore noticeable when the industrial revolution kicked in. They had always existed, just dispersed and therefore a lot easier to ignore.
In the long run, of course, the increased productivity of the industrial system allowed a far higher standard of living for everybody.
If you care to research it, there is lots of information available about the relative standard of living for industrial vs. agricultural workers in say, 1760 or 1820.
So if you had owned 100 acres split up into 15 separate parcels prior to Enclosure, you would still own 100 acres after Enclosure, just in one solid block. In addition, you would have received a piece of the formerly common lands proportionate to your percentage of the area being enclosed. This might have added another 15 acres to your possession.
Everybody who owned a significant amount of land came out ahead on this deal.
The losers were those who owned only a tiny amount, perhaps little more than an acre, which was insufficient to support a family. Without further access to the resources of the common lands, they were forced to sell the land they did own to an adjacent landowner and move to somewhere there was demand for their labor.
BTW, the commons, which nobody owned, were terribly exploited, leading to the famous concept of "The Tragedy of the Commons."
I recommend this essay on this topic: http://www.aloha.net/~jhanson/page95.htm
Gathering and hunting would get him hung, or hadn't you heard about the poaching or Forest laws? What makes you think that rural poor people didn't have to resort to prostitution or theft to survive?
The biggest complaints about concentrated poverty have always come from those who view it, as opposed to those who live it. It (understandably) grosses people out. That doesn't mean dispersed rural poverty is better for the people who are forced to live that way.
Please point out which provision of the American Bill of Rights would have had any application whatsoever to Enclosure.
These rights just were not relevant.
We're already suspending kids for drawing guns (the horror), screening fictional essays for disturbing indications (shudder),
and require pyschoactive medication for unruly boys. What's a database going to do ?
This is the lunacy that becomes necessary, when you lose your sense of community and Nation--as is the case in urban Britain. This is the legacy of Socialism.
I will grant you that Socialism breaks down the family structure. But in the British case, where ex-Colonials have been admitted into the already rather crowded island of Great Britain, in great numbers, some of that breakdown has been imported. For example, there are huge numbers of Jamaicans in Britain, today. The family structure in Jamaica collapsed about a century ago. The bastardy rate soared to 70% by 1920, at which time the idealists stopped keeping statistics. (It is a very interesting subject for study. As the literacy rate rose, under efforts to promote universal literacy, so did the percentage of births out-of- wedlock. Obvioiusly, something was being left out of the educational process!)
We had better look very carefully at what "Multi-Culturalism" brings with it, before we continue on the same mad path as the Brits. In a community where everyone has the same loyalties and a sense of social cohesion and tradition, there is great pressure for the errant child to shape up. This cataloguing of potential problem children from age 3 up, is not only unnecessary, it would appear to be outlandish. It makes sense only because of the fragmented communities that the Left has created, in its pretense of an undifferentiated humanity.
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