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Why Allow Billionaires to Buy Up Land But Impede Natives, Gen Z, & Tiny Homes?

Because of Extreme Heat Home Ownership In the Future May Mean the Difference Between Life and Death!

Just because you “buy land”, does not separate that land from the nation it is a part of. If you buy a 1,000 acre farm in Montana, you are still subject to Montana, and U.S. Federal laws. You are still in the United States. Now, if you found the right country, where you could bargain at the highest levels of their Government to allow your little patch of land to actually secede from that country… if the government turned the other way while you set up a redoubt or proclaimed an intention to secede well, then, sure, you could set up your own country.

Segregated Black neighborhoods, induced lower rate rates of homeownership, and ensured underinvestment in those communities—all of which make Black residents more vulnerable to extreme heat. In 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency reported that Black people are 40% more likely than non-Black people to live in areas with the highest projected increase in mortality rates due to extreme temperatures... but, why is it more difficult for a person with a good job to buy a tiny house than for a billionaire to buy half a state?

Tiny homes, at their core, represent a transformative shift in the way we perceive housing and personal living space. Stemming from the tiny house movement, these homes are significantly smaller than traditional houses, often encompassing between 100 to 400 square feet which is equal to the area of the junior accessory dwelling unit but the upside is that gives you more money for land and an ability to expand your dwelling over time as the necessity arises.

With smaller living spaces, tiny house living results in a reduced carbon footprint. Many tiny home builders also emphasize using sustainable materials, and owners often incorporate solar panels, and battery storage systems for EV's and uninterrupted and free energy further promoting eco-friendliness. Due to these factors, utility costs are also reduced, which makes living in tiny houses even more profitable. Embracing tiny home living often means adopting a minimalist lifestyle, decluttering not just physical belongings but also life from unnecessary stress and distractions like bills. With money savings vacations can be a frequent occurrence with houses on wheels, homeowners enjoy unparalleled flexibility in choosing their living location, be it near a mountain range or a serene lakeside.

Despite years of anti tiny home legislation across the nation, tiny home communities have emerged triumphant, fostering a strong sense of camaraderie and shared values among inhabitants. If you have a given piece of land and want to produce the most life enriching housing possible out of it, stick a tiny house on there, embrace nature and grow your own fruit and nut bearing trees, garden use sustainable paradigms and enjoy a life of enhanced personal growth.

Around one in four Americans in 2024 say they would support their state seceding — ranging from 10% in Connecticut to 40% in Alaska, among 48 states analyzed. From California to Texas to New Hampshire, calls for state secession have made headlines , sparking debates over whether states have a right to secede. Besides the overall finding of significant support for secession, A recent poll found that poor and lower middle class Caucasians are more likely than any other demographic to support their state seceding, regardless of whether they live in a primarily Conservative or Liberal state.

Larger and more populated states like California, Texas, and New York — are more likely than smaller and less populous states to have a higher share of residents who favor secession. Most Americans who are in favor of their state seceding believe that doing so is a constitutional right, while most who oppose it believe this right does not exist. Ironically only states with oil, gas and refineries could survive on their own. That leaves only Texas. Other states have oil and refineries, but not enough to keep the state going, Texas is the only net exporter and would have to secede in order for any others to secede successfully. ironically the demographic change in Texas toa BIPOC majority is speeding up every year as white flight continues to the northwest USA.

"Right now a handful of billionaires are attempting to buy the US. It is just too hard and will take decades to accomplish, although they have made significant gains over the past 3–4 decades. If one of the more wealthy billionaires (Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Mark Zukerberg ) wanted to they could easily purchase enough land somewhere on the planet and create their own country but it would take the expenditure of billions and it would not necessarily succeed. Once land is purchased populating the country could be done by invitation based on specific criteria that may or may not create diversity thus the difficulty would be providing for all operational aspects that comprise a country...especially one that would have obvious elements of authoritarianism built in" (Perry Lundon)

Secession is most popular in Alaska (36%), Texas (31%), and California (29%). While a variety of factors are likely at play, there is a significant correlation between support for secession within a state and that state's population size as well as its ethnic makeup; the largest and most populous states that are seeing a change in the percentage of BIPOC communities which are growing quickly have among the highest levels of secession support from the former white majority.

A lot of people assume that indigenous people would want to be “mainstream citizens” and that they are not allowed to due to discrimination. No. Indigenous peoples are supposed to be sovereign powers, are foreign governments so to speak, and those reservations are their sovereign territories they can hold to except when something of value is found then the US government comes in and takes what it wants without fair compensation. Natives they might have no desire to be citizens at all of colonial states. They are citizens of themselves. One theoretically does not “manage” indigenous peoples. One has a “foreign policy” with indigenous peoples.

Any re-acquisition of historical lands by tribal nations would have to be done parcel by parcel, buying up real estate in standard format. Some of these lands could then be placed back into trust status, depending on the historical territorial boundaries. It’s not as if ceded or seized lands were left unoccupied and it could simply be given “back” to the tribes. You have individuals that hold legal titles, according to the system that has been built up over hundreds of years. There is no mechanism to forcefully remove people from these lands, and return full aboriginal title to tribal nations. One way to rectify the inequities is the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations which implements the land consolidation component of the Cobell v. Salazar Settlement, which provided $1.9 billion to purchase fractional interests in trust or restricted land from willing sellers at fair market value.

The culture of Native American tribes is focused on the logic of better stewardship. Once back in the hands of Native peoples, these lands can provide benefits to not only the environment, but also Native economies, recreational spaces, education, and eco-tourism. Some tribes that ceded or had their land seized were massacred many are even extinct. So, there can be situations where no tribes could be found to even take back theoretical titles, in large swathes of the country.

In 1864, the U.S. Army attacked a non-combatant encampment of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians along the Big Sandy Creek in southeastern Colorado, killing between 70 and 163 people. The victims included men, women, and children, as well as the elderly and infirm. Two-thirds of the dead were women or children, and no one was held responsible for the massacre. Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle had tied an American flag to his lodge pole to indicate his village was at peace, but when Chivington ordered the attack, Black Kettle tied a white flag beneath the American flag, calling to his people that the soldiers would not kill them. Scenes like this happened all over the country to natives and Mexicans. Thu US used the civil War to cover up the armed genocide of tribes who thought they were at peace as it feared a uniting of the soon to be newly freed slaves and the natives would push the balance of power to non whites.

According to geographers from University College London, the colonization of the Americas by Europeans killed so many people, approximately 55-60 million or 90% of the local populations, it resulted in climate change and global cooling.

Three corporate landlords control nearly 11 percent of the single-family homes available for rent in metro Atlanta’s core counties, according to a new analysis led by Taylor Shelton, a geographer at Georgia State University.

"Shelton, an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State, along with his collaborator Eric Seymour of Rutgers University, investigated the ownership of rental homes in metro Atlanta and found that more than 19,000 were owned by just three companies — Invitation Homes, Pretium Partners and Amherst Holdings. The findings were published recently in the article “Horizontal Holdings: Untangling the Networks of Corporate Landlords” in the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, the discipline’s flagship journal." (Georgia State 2024 Press Release) The summer of 2023 saw the globe experience some of the hottest days in recorded history. Yet the impact of this heat was not evenly felt. As climate journalist Jeff Goodell wrote, “Poverty equals vulnerability. If you have money, you can turn up the air conditioning, stock up on food and bottled water, and install a backup generator in case there’s a blackout.”

In the U.S., wealth is deeply connected to race and homeownership. Which means that Black/BIPOC renters, specifically, face a disproportionate burden of the impacts of climate change and extreme heat.


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