People without land (letter)by Bob DenahyNews Weekly
, July 31, 2004
It is radical yet refreshing to see News Weekly
giving prominence to the books and ideas of Belloc and Chesterton and, in particular, to their attacks on capitalism and big business running rampant and mad while the small unit is being systematically destroyed.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the small Australian town.
Almost half of the nation's population now resides in two cities, many living in flats one on top of the other as in Hong Kong. The median price for a home in Sydney is over half a million dollars. Young couples can buy a home if both are prepared to slave for the banks.
In a small town, blocks of land are a tenth of city prices (and often twice as large) and houses are a third or a quarter the price. Leaving Sydney or Melbourne for a small town means an immediate gain of several hundred thousand dollars.
Of course the argument countered is there are no jobs outside the cities. There are some; there would be a lot more if there were more people.
Man has been defined as the animal that adapts. He can even adapt to slavery, as Belloc makes clear in The Servile State
, and as most Australians seem to blithely accept.Bob Denahy