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Old 08-17-2009, 09:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Price of Free Corn

Some years ago, about 1900, an old trapper from North Dakota hitched up some horses to his Studebaker wagon, packed a few possessions -- especially his traps -- and drove south.

Several weeks later he stopped in a small town just north of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia.

It was a Saturday morning -- a lazy day -- when he walked into the general store. Sitting around the pot-bellied stove were seven or eight of the town's local citizens.

The traveler spoke. "Gentlemen, could you direct me to the Okefenokee Swamp?"

Some of the oldtimers looked at him like he was crazy.

"You must be a stranger in these parts," they said.

"I am. I'm from North Dakota," said the stranger.

"In the Okefenokee Swamp are thousands of wild hogs." one old man explained. "A man who goes into the swamp by himself asks to die!"

He lifted up his leg. "I lost half my leg here, to the pigs of the swamp."

Another old fellow said, "Look at the cuts on me; look at my arm -- they bit it off!"

"Those pigs have been free since the Revolution, eating snakes and rooting out roots and fending for themselves for over a hundred years. They're wild and they're dangerous. You can't trap them. No man dares go into the swamp by himself."

Every man nodded his head in agreement.

The old trapper said, "Thank you so much for the warning. Now could you direct me to the swamp?"

They said, "Well, yeah, it's due south -- straight down the road."

But they begged the stranger not to go, because they knew he'd meet a terrible fate.

He said, "Sell me ten sacks of corn, and help me load it in the wagon." And they did.

Then the old trapper bid them farewell and drove on down the road. The townsfolk thought they'd never see him again.

Two weeks later the man came back. He pulled up to the general store, got down off the wagon, walked in and bought ten more sacks of corn.

After loading it up he went back down the road toward the swamp.

Two weeks later he returned and again bought ten sacks of corn.

This went on for a month. And then two months, and three.

Every week or two the old trapper would come into town on a Saturday morning, load up ten sacks of corn, and drive off south into the swamp.

The stranger soon became a legend in the little village and the subject of much speculation. People wondered what kind of devil had possessed this man, that he could go into the Okefenokee by himself and not be consumed by the wild and free hogs.

One morning the man came into town as usual. Everyone thought he wanted more corn.

He got off the wagon and went into the store where the usual group of men were gathered around the stove. He took off his gloves.

"Gentlemen," he said, "I need to hire about ten or fifteen wagons. I need twenty or thirty men."

"I have six thousand hogs out in the swamp, penned up, and they're all hungry. I've got to get them to market right away."

"You've WHAT in the swamp?" asked the storekeeper, incredulously.

"I have six thousand hogs penned up. They haven't eaten for two or three days, and they'll starve if I don't get back there to feed and take care of them."

One of the oldtimers said, "You mean you've captured the wild hogs of the Okefenokee?"

"That's right."

"How did you do that? What did you do?" the men urged, breathlessly.

One of them exclaimed, "But I lost my arm!"

"I lost my brother!" cried another.

"I lost my leg to those wild boars!" chimed a third.

The trapper said, "Well, the first week I went in there they were wild all right."

"They hid in the undergrowth and wouldn't come out. I dared not get off the wagon."

"So I spread corn along behind the wagon. Every day I'd spread a sack of corn."

"The old pigs would have nothing to do with it."

"But the younger pigs decided that it was easier to eat free corn than it was to root out roots and catch snakes. So the very young began to eat the corn first."

"I did this every day. Pretty soon, even the old pigs decided that it was easier to eat free corn."

"After all, they were all free; they were not penned up. They could run off in any direction they wanted at any time."

"The next thing was to get them used to eating in the same place all the time. So I selected a clearing, and I started putting the corn in the clearing."

"At first they wouldn't come to the clearing. It was too far. It was too open. It was a nuisance to them."

"But the very young decided that it was easier to take the corn in the clearing than it was to root out roots and catch their own snakes. And not long thereafter, the older pigs also decided that it was easier to come to the clearing every day."

"And so the pigs learned to come to the clearing every day to get their free corn."

"They could still subsidize their diet with roots and snakes and whatever else they wanted. After all, they were all free. They could run in any direction at any time. There were no bounds upon them."

"The next step was to get them used to fence posts."

"So I put fence posts all the way around the clearing. I put them in the underbrush so that they wouldn't get suspicious or upset."

"After all, they were just sticks sticking up out of the ground, like the trees and the brush. The corn was there every day. It was easy to walk in between the posts, get the corn, and walk back out."

"This went on for a week or two. Shortly they became very used to walking into the clearing, getting the free corn, and walking back out through the fence posts."

"The next step was to put one rail down at the bottom. I also left a few openings, so that the older, fatter pigs could walk through the openings and the younger pigs could easily jump over just one rail."

"After all, it was no real threat to their freedom or independence. They could always jump over the rail and flee in any direction at any time."

"Now I decided that I wouldn't feed them every day. I began to feed them every other day."

"On the days I didn't feed them the pigs still gathered in the clearing. They squealed, and they grunted, and they begged and pleaded with me to feed them."

"But I only fed them every other day. And I put a second rail around the posts."

"Now the pigs became more and more desperate for food. Because now they were no longer used to going out and digging their own roots and finding their own food. They now needed me. They needed my corn every other day."

"So I trained them that I would feed them every day if they came in through a gate. And I put up a third rail around the fence."

"But it was still no great threat to their freedom, because there were several gates and they could run in and out at will."

"Finally I put up the fourth rail."

"Then I closed all the gates but one, and I fed them very, very well."

"Yesterday I closed the last gate. And today I need you to help me take these pigs to market." - - - end of story.
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Application of the story - - - The price of free corn!

The allegory of the pigs has a serious moral lesson. This story is about federal money being used to bait, trap and enslave a once free and independent people.

Federal welfare, in its myriad forms, has reduced not only individuals to a state of dependency. State and local governments are also on the fast track to elimination, due to their functions being subverted by the command and control structures of federal "revenue sharing" programs.


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Old 08-17-2009, 09:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Meh, I just barter more and I'm involved in my town's journey to develop a local currency. If you don't like the situation, be a part of a solution, not just a commentator.
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You get what you pay for.....

Good thing those pigs weren't smoking that dangerous marijuana. Then they would have been forced into the pen at gunpoint.

There are many people out there with their hand stuck out looking for that free ride. I am glad everyday I am not one of them. I earn all I get and hope some asshole on taxpayer's salary does not take it away and give it to some brainwashed idiot.
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Good thing those pigs weren't smoking that dangerous marijuana. Then they would have been forced into the pen at gunpoint.

There are many people out there with their hand stuck out looking for that free ride. I am glad everyday I am not one of them. I earn all I get and hope some asshole on taxpayer's salary does not take it away and give it to some brainwashed idiot.
Thats the first error we all have to overcome, believing we're not part of the system. What? do you live in a remote mountain and produce everything you need to live? No? Then how exactly are you not one of "them"? Because you work all day to buy your shit? then you're one of "them" workers in the game. If you have a dollar on your pocket then you're part of the problem like everyone else, you ain't more free than a lazy kid who begs government for food. You're a US citizen, you belong to US, US doesn't belong to you.
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You're a US citizen, you belong to US, US doesn't belong to you.
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Also, the fact that once a year you have to pay taxes is one of countless ways that proves the system owns you, don't do it and its straight to jail, don't pass go, don't collect $200.

You have to pay the IRS to be permitted another year in the game or else you're out of it, im sorry WHAT?

I thought I was free, turns out im just a free US citizen, and free US citizen means Im allowed to do anything I want which is first approved by a bunch of dried old men at congress who should be looking out for me but instead are looking out for the lobbyist with the biggest pockets.

Maybe Im too simple minded, but it sounds to me like a badly run prison, not a system which cares for its taxpayers.

To think that you, me or anyone else here is free is absurd, heck even peaceful indians who could provide for themselves were penned up into reserves and forced to start playing the game.

You're only as free as government lets you be, ironic I know, we created government. Who let the dogs out?

I don't know what Im talking about anymore, I'll shut up.
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No I understand. It's just that I took you literally like you think it's something we should all get used to.
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Thats the first error we all have to overcome, believing we're not part of the system.
This is a good point. While I feel strongly about freedom, to deny that all people, even all living things are not necessarily connected is foolish, and therefore social policy should reflect that.

Whether it is through the government, or other organizations is another question... but thats sort of what government is.... the manifestation of societies method of getting along.
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Great story. It would be great if there were enough roots and snakes out there that all it took was hard work to find them.
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Thats the first error we all have to overcome, believing we're not part of the system. What? do you live in a remote mountain and produce everything you need to live? No? Then how exactly are you not one of "them"? Because you work all day to buy your shit? then you're one of "them" workers in the game. If you have a dollar on your pocket then you're part of the problem like everyone else, you ain't more free than a lazy kid who begs government for food. You're a US citizen, you belong to US, US doesn't belong to you.
I am only as much a part of the system as I have to be and that is not by choice. I am a very independent thinker and even have my own small business to lighten the tax load. If you read my posts and responses regularly, you will figure that out. I do not believe in or support the Amerikaan Government or the evil they do. Like the Governor was, I am far more humanitarian than just about any government.
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I am only as much a part of the system as I have to be and that is not by choice. I am a very independent thinker and even have my own small business to lighten the tax load. If you read my posts and responses regularly, you will figure that out. I do not believe in or support the Amerikaan Government or the evil they do. Like the Governor was, I am far more humanitarian than just about any government.
If you have a small business and pay taxes, you do support the system. Again, believing we're not part of the problem is foolish.
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He didn't really say that so much as he said he's not putting his hand out like so many
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The free-thinkers will always challenge the status quo...

People will always try to make the journey of life an easier one...
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He didn't really say that so much as he said he's not putting his hand out like so many
And you think people like putting out their hands? If so, you do not know what poverty really is. Yes there will always be some lazy people, always, no matter what system is currently in use, but to think that people like begging for food and housing is just ignorance, not ignorance as in you're an arrogant moron, just ignorance because you've never been there, you don't know what it feels like to beg for food, clothes, housing, etc...

You could say "well if they stop being lazy and worked harder..." but thats just thoughtless rhetoric that we like to believe in order to ignore the bigger picture, there are so much more things that keep people poor, there are just too many factors other than being lazy, if not how do you explain people who have 3 jobs and still live in poverty.
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I should have avoided the phrase "hold hand out" because there's nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it. This isn't about that. This is about people who take advantage of the things that are given away with the intent to help people who need it much more. Don't act like you haven't seen it.

Very many people are going to accept something being handed out for free, but few people will ask for something unless they really do need it.
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More so, it's about the tread mill those that eat from the gov't trough get caught up in.

The dangers that are inherent in replacing the independence and pride felt when something is earned rather than living on the gov't tit.

Help is one thing. We've all needed it at one time or another. Be it from the gov't or from family or friends.

A means to a living is quite another story.
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