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The Federal government's involvement in the 1930's Dust Bowl.

I've been reading a book titled The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan.

The book gives you a first hand look into the lives of several people who settled in the northern Texas, southern Colorado, western Kansas, and western Oklahoma area during the early half of the 20th century. During the 1910's and 20's this place settled quickly, and farmers turned huge profits selling wheat. In the 1930's, disaster struck as one of the worst natural disasters of the modern era took hold of the region. I thought I would share a passage of this book explaining the US governments role in this disaster:

"People were pouring into town, taking up rooms at the Crystal Hotel -- suitcase farmers who had no intention of ever settling there. They wanted only to rent out a tractor and a piece of ground for a few days, drop some winter wheat into the fresh-turned fold, and come back next summer for the payoff. It was a game of chance called "trying to hit a crop." One suitcase farmer broke thirty-two thousand acres in southeast Kansas in 1921. Four years later, he plowed twice that amount. The banks seldom said no. After Congress passed the Federal Farm Loan Act in 1916, every town with a well and a sheriff had itself a farmland bank -- an institution! -- offering forty-year loans at six percent interest. Borrow five thousand dollars and payments were less than thirty-five dollars a month. Any man with a John Deere and a half-section could cover that nut. If it was hubris, or "tempting fate" as some of the church ladies said, well, the United States government did not see it that way. The government had already issued its offical view of the rapid churning of ancient prairie sod. "The soil is the one indestructible, immutable asset that the nation possesses," the Federal Bureau of Soils proclaimed as the grasslands were transformed. "It is the one resource that cannot be exhausted, that cannot be used up."

A decade later, disaster ensued. Yet another example of the US government misallocating resources. I would love to hear Dr. Paul's take on this subject. Thanks for reading!




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Couldn't hurt to watch The Grapes of Wrath...

http://www.dailypaul.com/157142/grapes-of-wrath-2011

http://www.amazon.com/The-Grapes-Wrath-Centennial-Edition/dp...

or at least watch the film


http://youtu.be/5ayi81QMuak
I also like this 60-second recap

I saw the best minds of my generation, destroyed by pandas starving hysterical naked

-Allen Ginsberg

It was also caused by livestock land management

Arguably Federal Lands were mismanaged by artificially limiting grazing of livestock which led to desertification. http://www.ted.com/talks/allan_savory_how_to_green_the_world...

Outstanding!

I absolutely loved this book!

tks for posting

One day, I'm gonna' change my name to Dale Lee Paul

sick find

sick find

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RC Liberty, nice find. I have

RC Liberty, nice find. I have this book on my shelves as well, it's really really good, well researched as well

*Wisconsin Constitution* Article I, Section 25 "The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security,defense,hunting,recreation or any other law-abiding purpose"

It's so much worse now!

The average layperson I talk to is acutely aware of the frivolous way resources are allocated. They see it! They talk about it! I over hear people saying it! But everybody just blindly follows the Keynesian mantra. And yet it couldn't be more obvious!!! 80% of our population makes a living:

Serving
Creating worthless goods
governing, lobbying, enforcing law and otherwise supporting bureaucratic infrastructure
And supporting the American military machine.

At least in the USSR they attempted self sustainment. When the world grows a pair and decides they dont need our dollar to buy and sell oil, we are screwed!

Séamusín

Thanks for the new book to

Thanks for the new book to read.

Southern Agrarian

You're welcome.

I'm only about 1/3 of the way in, and it's been pretty interesting and informative so far. The excerpt above is on pages 50-51 by the way.

"Where liberty is, there is my country." -Benjamin Franklin

Interesting

This occurred only a few years after the establishment of a central banking system.