Jim Griffin · September 3, 2017 at 11:09 am
I support this effort and believe it appropriate. I am in agreement with BJ and others on this. I adore this county and think it a great place to live.
But then I think myself properly defined as a socialist who believes in democracy, having equal opposition to both pure capitalism and communism (though I hate the latter more than the former).
Why socialist? Because it's how we live here. We heavily regulate, tax and/or provide: 1, Schools/library; 2, Real property; 3, Personal property; 4, Income; 5, Water/sewers; 6, Electricity/communications/broadband (all franchised by state/local authorities); 7, Emergency services; 8, Transportation/parking/vehicles; 9, Future retirement income (mandatory social security); 10, Health care; and more, including welfare payments. Indeed, we operate a dog park and aquatic facility.
To top it off, unlike many US counties, the government actually uses federal, state and local tax money to purchase the development rights of land owners, taking them off the market forever. Yes, it is voluntary for those land owners to sell to the govt, but it is a govt program nonetheless, not exclusively voluntary payment (tax money). More than 12,000 acres of land in Fauquier are off the capitalist open market by the hand of government.
Fine with me. Better world. But don't tell me I'm the only socialist in a capitalist, conservative county when my land and the above list of "necessities" is provided, regulated, franchised and more by local, state and federal governments. Every county has zoning, but not many take possession of land rights, substituting its judgment for that of the open market.
This is not capitalism. I detest Communism in all its forms. I am happy to live here and support our elected officials, but let's admit we are all socialists -- somewhere between communism and capitalism -- else we simply don't know what the word means.
BJ · September 2, 2017 at 3:42 pm
If you have driven Rt15 North or Rt 28 East in the past year, there are parts that are no longer recognizable. All new housing developments, wider roads, and shopping centers. It's a slow tsunami of humanity. Fauquier County needs to keep making a stand on the higher ground, or our rural lands will disappear under fake colonial homes and parking lots. Blaine Johnson