Andy Warhol - Easy Rider 1969 - Gone With the Wind 1939 - Blazing Saddles 1974 - Star Trek: Voyager TV - Theodore Roosevelt - America: The Story of the US TV - Joel Salatin - James Monroe - William Shakespeare - Norman McCaig - Leviticus 18:25 - Chekhov & Comedy Shorts - Henry David Thoreau - The People That Time Forgot 1977 - John Steinbeck - Adam Smith - David Ricardo - Robert Tressell - Grasp the Nettle 2014 -
Land really is the best art. Andy Warhol
No I mean it. You got a nice place. It’s not every man that can live off the land, you know. Do your own thing in your own time. You should be proud. Easy Rider 1969 starring Peter Fonda & Dennis Hopper & Jack Nicholson & Luke Askew & Phil Spector & Bridget Fonda & Karen Black & Warren Finnerty & Luana Anders & Robert Walker junior & Carrie Snodgress & Dan Haggerty et al, director Dennis Hopper, Wyatt to farmer
Why, land is the only thing in the world worth working for, worth fighting for, worth dying for. Because it’s the only thing that lasts. Gone with the Wind 1939 starring Clark Gable & Vivien Leigh & Leslie Howard & Olivia de Haviland & Thomas Mitchell & Barbara Mitchell & Evelyn Keyes & Ann Rutherford & George Reeves & Fred Crane & Hattie McDaniel & Alicia Rhett et al, director Victor Fleming, father
23,436. Wait a minute – there might be a legal precedent. Of course. Land snatching. [thumbs law book] Let’s see: Land, Land, see Snatch. Blazing Saddles 1974 starring Cleavon Little & Gene Wilder & Slim Pickens & David Huddleston & Liam Dunn & Alex Karras & Mel Brooks et al, director Mel Brooks, prospector
My people taught me a man does not own land. He doesn’t own anything but the courage and loyalty in his heart. Star Trek: Voyager s2e2: Initiations, Chakotay to Kazon Nog
Maybe it’s a blessing to the land. Star Trek: Voyager s2e9: Tattoo, Chakotay
Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us. Theodore Roosevelt
Eventually 10% of the United States would be given away under the Homestead Act. America: The Story of the US: Heartland, History 2010
I think it’s important to understand that in the big historical context of things, there has been land degradation from civilisation since the beginning of history. I mean, the Rajputana desert in India is a manmade desert caused by overgrazing. Joel Salatin
The public lands are a public stock, which ought to be disposed of to the best advantage for the nation. James Monroe
Disorder, horror, fear and mutiny
Shall here inherit, and this land be called
The field of Golgotha and dead men’s skulls. William Shakespeare, Richard II IV i 142
Who owns this landscape!
The millionaire who brought it or
the poacher staggering downhill in the early morning
with a deer on his back? Norman McCaig
And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants. Leviticus 18:25
That field belongs to us and that’s that. The field belongs to us! ... Ours! Ours! Ours! Chekhov: Comedy Shorts: The Proposal starring Sheridan Smith & Mathew Horne, Sky Arts 2010
By avarice and selfishness, and a grovelling habit, from which none of us is free, of regarding the soil as property ... the landscape is deformed. Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854
A continent full of cavemen and dinosaurs? The People that Time Forgot 1977 starring Patrick Wayne & Sarah Douglas & Doug McClure & Dana Gillespie & Thorley Walters & Shane Rimmer & David Prowse et al, director Kevin Connor, opening scene on ship
And the great owners, who must lose their land in an upheaval, the great owners with access to history, with eyes to read history and to know the great fact: when property accumulates in too few hands it is taken away. And that companion fact: when a majority of the people are hungry and cold they will take by force what they need. And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed. The great owners ignored the three cries of history. The land fell into fewer hands, the number of the dispossessed increased, and every effort of the great owners was directed at repression. The money was spent for arms, for gas to protect the great holdings, and spies were sent to catch the murmuring of revolt so that it might be stamped out. The changing economy was ignored, plans for the change ignored; and only means to destroy revolt were considered, while the causes of revolt went on. John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
They come, an’ they quit an’ go on; an’ every damn one of ’em’s got a little piece of land in his head. An’ never a God damn one of ’em ever gets it. Just like heaven. Ever’body wants a little piece of lan’. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. It’s just in their head. John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men
‘An’ live off the fatta the lan’,’ Lennie shouted. ‘An’ have rabbits. Go on, George! Tell them what we’re gonna have in the garden and about the rabbits in the cages and about the rain in the winter and the stove, and how thick the cream is on the milk like you can hardly cut it. Tell about that, George.’ ibid.
As soon as the land of any country has all become private property, the landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed, and demand a rent even for its natural produce. Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
Rent is that portion of the earth, which is paid to the landlord for the use of the original and indestructible powers of the soil. David Ricardo, On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation, 1817
‘By far the greater part of the land,’ said Owen when the row had ceased, ‘is held by people who have absolutely no moral right to it. Possession of much of it was obtained by means of murder and theft perpetrated by the ancestors of the present holders.’ Robert Tressell, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist
A large part of the land may be got back in the same way it was taken from us. The ancestors of the present holders obtained possession of it simply by passing Acts of Enclosure: the nation should regain possession of those lands by passing Acts of Redemption. ibid.
In the west of London a group of people occupied a piece of derelict land in an effort to highlight the pressing global issues of land rights and a lack of sustainability in our modern societies. Grasp the Nettle, 2014
‘It’s a bit ironic really having an eco-village and getting our water from the Jet garage.’ ibid.